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An exploration of Messy Church and its theological significance for the wider church. Messy Church Theology brings together essays and case studies from a wide range of contributors examining the growth of Messy Church and discussing questions of sustainability, discipleship, all-age church, sacramental, interdenominational, ecumenical and international possibilities, and the future of Messy Church.

George Lings heads up Church Army's research unit, The Sheffield Centre, which for over a decade has been at work discerning the evolving mission of the church and the resultant fresh expressions of church. He has written over 50 booklets on the evolving theory and practice of bringing to birth fresh expressions of church, through the Encounters On The Edge series, which had an international subscription base of 500. Moreover the content of his book proposal has been peer-tested for academic rigour for it rests upon the findings of a recent PhD.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • George Lings(Author Editor)
  • Messy Church (18 Oct. 2013)
  • English
  • 10
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By J Whitgift on 13 April 2014

    I came to this book looking for a theological rationale of '"Messy" Church' (and for an explanation of what 'Messy Church' might mean, from an ecclesiological perspective). Unfortunately this books provides neither a theology of 'Messy Church' (hereafter: 'MC'), neither does it explain what 'MC' means in practical, or indeed ecclesiological terms. (Anyone looking for a rationale/ explanation of 'MC' will be hard pressed to find one, the 'MC' website does not provide one and despite a multicipliticy of books published under the 'MC' brand, it is very difficult to find any explanation of what 'MC' means in practice.) Sadly what the book offers is an evangelistic pamphlet on why 'MC' should be adopted by your local Church. Which is entirely unhelpful to someone such as myself, who has come to 'MC' as an traditionalist Anglo-Catholic Christian, completely blind and unprepared.Such an approach is not untypical of the 'Fresh Expressions' movement within the Church, which leans much more towards evangelistic sales techniques as to why one should adopt their model of Church, as the only model of Church which will save the wider Church from a decline into obscurity. Such a model merely seeks to sells a particular model of Church rather than provide a theological rationale of how this particular model of Church fits within the wider, Chrisftendom model of "doing" Church.In its present form I cannot recommend this book to anyone. It categorically fails to provide a theological rationale to 'MC', it also fails to provide a rationale for 'MC' in general. Until 'MC' can provide a clear explanation of what it means it runs the risk of people (mis-)using the title, but failing to follow the model/ theological rationale.

  • By CHRIS SMITH on 23 April 2014

    The book was just what I wanted as it gave me all the information that I required to report back to my church

  • By DAVID SMALL on 9 July 2014

    Waiting now to find out exactly how to use it.

  • By jb on 26 December 2014

    well written as usual from the Messy Team.

  • By Barbara Ryan on 7 April 2014

    Book arrived very quickly. It has given me lots to think about and will help my church with Messy Church and the concept behind it.


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