Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Fresh Expressions and Church Leavers

On the third and final day of the Local Ministry Consultation Stuart Murray Williams spoke to us about church leavers and emerging churches and what these phenomena may tell us about the Church.

Through interviews and questionnaires, church leavers tell us that they are leaving church because they long for a more authentic expression of Christian faith and community. Emerging churches are experiments in creating the possibility and space for change.

The future of the Church will be complex but it must both respond to the message of those who are leaving and reflect the hope of those who experimenting...

And then, of course, there's reality - which is always somewhere in between...

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