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'Messy Church Theology' is the very first Messy Church book to discuss the nuts and bolts of academic theology which takes place among the glue pots and glitter pens.
With a rich variety of Messy Church leaders, pastors, and theologians (including John Drane, George Lings, & Beth Barnett) this first-of-its-kind book gathers together 12 essays to encapsulate the theology of Messy Church. Inside you'll find relevant and engaging discussions around the internationally acclaimed project which assess the practices, the community, and the impact. Amongst these theological musings are 5 fascinating case studies, researched and written by grass-roots practitioners, including topics such as special needs.
Messy Theology is a healthy balance between critical reflection from a variety of perspectives, and a lively representation of the current theology driving the world renown movement towards making disciples across the globe.
George Lings is Director of Church Army's research unit, which for over a decade has been at work discerning the evolving mission of the church and the resultant Fresh Expression of the church.
- Claire Dalpra – Church Army
- Steve Hollinghurst – researcher and trainer in mission and evangelism
- Paul Bayes – Bishop of Hertford
- John Drane – Affiliate Professor of New Testament and Practical Theology, Fuller Seminary
- Bob Jackson – Director of the Centre for Church Growth, St. John's Nottingham
- Beth Barnett – Children's and Families' Facilitator, Baptist Union of Victoria, Australia
- Bob Hopkins – Church Planting consultant and member of the Archbishop's Fresh Expressions Team
- Paul Moore – Anglican Vicar and vocations advisor for Portsmouth Diocese
Case Studies by Trish Hahn, Alison Paginton, Christine Barton, Kevin Metcalfe, Sharon Pritchard, and Marie Beale.
Messy Church Theology by Edt. George Lings was published by Messy Church in October 2013 and is our 5740th best seller. The ISBN for Messy Church Theology is 9780857461711.
Messy Church Theology is set out in a series of chapters from a range of contributors involved and active within the thriving Messy Church community.
As such it sets out ideas of what Messy Church is, and isn't, in relatively clear language —though to be fair there are times when as you might expect it becomes a little tautologous as the same idea is expressed by multiple contributors.
It also attempts to show models of how Messy Church works, and can work in parishes, communities and churches up and down the country by using case studies that ground the idea of what Messy Church is and the idea or 'theology' behind it. It then attempts to broaden this out a little to demonstrate how this can, would, and should look in a wider sphere of 'Church'.
It is largely anecdotal in feeling and format, though there are in here real figures, representations, graphs, and studies too, but much like the feeling of Messy Church the book retains a much more anecdotal or personal feel to each chapter. The same can be said of the 'theology' in it. There is not here an overarching highbrow academic view but instead it is again the personal insights, the day to day realities, the man on the ground, and those being outreached style at work here that aims to make 'theology' something we all can do and understan.
And herein that lies the reason why this book would be an interesting book for those outside looking in at what Messy Church is and can be and how perhaps they might want to consider it more in context for their own settings.
A book I think would be recommended for any outside the Messy Church arena to read to see a deeper picture of Messy Church.
Introduction – Revd Paul Butler
SECTION 1: Messy Question
1. When is Messy Church 'church'? - Claire Dalpra
2. When is Messy Church 'not church'? - Steve Hollinghurst
Case Study: Messy Church Special Needs – Trish Hahn
3. How does Messy Church travel? - Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter
4. Does Messy Church make disciples? - Judy Paulsen
Case Study: Messy Church at St. Christopher's – Alison Paginton
SECTION 2: Messy Foundations
5. Messy Theology - Paul Bayes
6. Messy Disciples - John Drane
Case Study: Messy Church Fiesta – Christine Barton
7. From Sunday School to Messy Church: a new movement for our age? - Bob Jackson
8. What is the DNA of Messy Church? - George Lings
Case Study: Messy Church @ Christ Church Primary – Kevin Metcalfe
SECTION 3: Messy Particalities
9. Messy Maturity: Paradox, contradiction or perfect match? - Beth Barnett
10. Messy Church: How far can you go before reaching the limit? - Tim G. Waghorn
Case Study: The Story of the 'Messy Angels' – Sharon Pritchard
11. Some Frameworks to Explore Messy Church and Discipleship - Bob Hopkins
12. What might an older Messy Church look like? - Paul Moore
Case Study: St Andrew's Church, Bebington: the journey of an older Messy Church – Marie Beale
13. Why We Might Expect Mess, not merely Tolerate it – George Lings
Afterword – Lucy Moore
|Author / Artist||Edt. George Lings|
|Publisher||Messy Church (October 2013)|
|Number of Pages||288|
|Page last updated||16th February 2019|