Messy Church Theology Paperback

Exploring the Significance of Messy Church for the Wider Church

by Edt. George Lings;


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Messy Church Theology

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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.

About the Contributors

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.

Contributors include:
-  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 10276th best seller. The ISBN for Messy Church Theology is 9780857461711.

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Messy Church Theology is the first title to encapsulate the academic theology of Messy Church. Through essays by contributors from a variety of church and academic backgrounds and case studies by Messy Church practitioners, it gathers together some of the discussions around Messy Church and assesses the impact of this ministry, placing it in the context of wider developments within the church community.

- When is Messy Church 'church'? - Claire Dalpra
- When is Messy Church 'not church'? - Steve Hollinghurst
- How does Messy Church travel? - Lucy Moore and Jane Leadbetter
- But does Messy Church make disciples? - Judy Paulsen
- Messy Theology - Paul Bayes
- Messy Disciples - John Drane
- From Sunday School to Messy Church - Bob Jackson
- What is the DNA of Messy Church? - George Lings
- Messy Maturity: Paradox, contradiction or perfect match? - Beth Barnett
- Messy Church: How far can you go before reaching the limit? - Tim G. Waghorn
- Some frameworks to explore Messy Church and discipleship - Bob Hopkins
- What might an older Messy Church look like? - Paul Moore

Case studies by Trish Hahn, Alison Paginton, Christine Barton, Kevin Metcalfe, Sharon Pritchard and Marie Beale.

Contents

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

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Page last updated 21st October 2015
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherMessy Church (October 2013)
EditorGeorge Lings
Weight242g
Number of Pages288
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
ISBN9780857461711
ISBN-100857461710
Product Code4020514
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