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Author(s): Lynda Barley, Angela Tilby, Steven J. L. Croft, Loveday Alexander, Martyn Atkins
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In 2004 Mission-shaped Church presented a challenge to church leaders. Now Mission-Shaped Questions addresses the big theological and practical issues that have arisen. Drawn from a range of Anglican and Methodist backgrounds, the highly-respected contributors take an incisive look at church and its future. They tackles questions such as: What exactly is church? Can we develop churches that can transform culture? Can we be mission-shaped and kingdom-focused too? These contributions are an essential read for anyone committed to the future of church and mission.
'If we are to grow and mature as a mixed economy Church, there are hard questions to be asked and answered. We need first-class thinking to back up and support all that is happening at local level. I hope this collection will get the attention it richly deserves.' -- former Archbishop Rowan Williams
'I hope Mission-shaped Questions will help capture the imagination of those who think that the Fresh Expressions movement sits lightly to theology.' -- Archbishop John Sentamu
'At last! A book on mission which doesn't duck questions or offer simplistic answers.' -- Vivienne Faull, Dean of Leicester
'Exciting, challenging, difficult, hopeful - this book marks a decisive shift. Mission is the new culture and the old questions about church now have a vital currency.' -- Simon Downham, Vicar/Senior Pastor, St Paul's Church, Hammersmith
'Wise, big picture stuff, rooted in real life.' -- Lucy Moore, Associate Missioner for Fresh Expressions and part of the leadership team of Messy Church
Angela Tilby is a Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, and is Continuing Ministerial Development Adviser for the Dicoese of Oxford. Prior to that she has been Vice-Principal of Westcott House, Cambridge, and a senior producer at the BBC, where she made several acclaimed television prgrammes and series. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day.
Lynda Barley has been the Head of Research and Statistics for the Archbishops' Council since 2000 during which time she has conducted a number of studies into Church attendance figures and attitudes towards the Church. The results of some of her studies and guidelines on how the Church can successfully interact with modern society can be found in the Time to Listenseries.
* Steven Croft (editor) is the Archbishops' Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions. * Loveday Alexander is Professor of Biblical Studies in the University of Sheffield and Canon Theologian at Chester Cathedral. * Martyn Atkins President of the Methodist Conference. * Lynda Barley is Head of Research for the Archbishops' Council. * Tim Dakin is General Secretary of the Church Mission Society. * John Drane is at the School of Theology in Fuller Seminary, California. * James Dunn is Professor of Divinity at Durham, a Methodist Local Preacher and a lay Canon of Durham Cathedral. * John Hull teaches in The Queen's Foundation, Birmingham. * Alison Morgan is a minister, writer and theologian. * Angela Tilby is Vicar of St Benet's, Cambridge. * Graham Tomlin is Dean of St Mellitus College. * Lindsay Urwin OGS is a professed member of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd and is a founder member of the Archbishops' College of Evangelists. * Martin Warner is Canon Pastor of St Paul's Cathedral, London. * David Wilkinson is Principal of St John's College Durham and Wesley Lecturer in Divinity in the University of Durham.