For church community projects to remain missional and transform the lives of those they serve, effective leadership is vital. This helpful guide gives practical advice on how leaders can set up new projects, assume leadership of existing ones, or revitalize an initiative that has lost its Christian distinctiveness.
Transhumanism is the belief that there should be no limit to the extent of technological enhancement of human being, since our nature is essentially that of information and will. As such it looks very similar to a form of religious belief.
Change is a certainty in the life of any church, although it may be slow in coming to pass. This study argues that far from being resisted, change must be embraced if congregations are to become missional communities that can engage with an increasingly secular society. Combining theological insights with organizational theory, it explores how congregations can find within themselves, and in partnership with God and others, the understanding, the energy and the courage to change.
How do we grow and develop into courageous and faithful disciples of Christ? How do we recognize God’s touches in prayer without deluding ourselves? How do we best help others grow in faith and discipleship? The church today needs effective answers to these questions. The wisdom in the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola helps answer these questions with discernment and integrity. This book explores key insights and their relevance today.
This insightful study explores ways in which Christians have engaged with Muslims, seeking to follow Jesus’ twin commands to love their neighbours and make disciples of all nations. It argues that a healthy exchange between the two faiths must include cohesion—fostering understanding and building relations—as well as conversion.
This study offers a careful exploration of what constitutes indoctrination and coercion, and the reasons why these undermine the growth of mature faith. It offers practical strategies for teaching and sharing faith in non-coercive ways.
This booklet takes a look at how Holy Communion is distributed, with the aim of encouraging churches to train a suitable number of people to distribute communion both inside and outside the building, using the opportunity to heighten their theological and liturgical knowledge, and to enable them to use their pastoral skills in an effective encounter with members of the congregation. Questions are provided to share as part of a training course, and there is a page on communion at home.
What is it like for a Muslim or a Sikh or a Hindu to go to a Christian school? What about welcoming those who declare themselves to be atheists but nevertheless wish to be educated in an Anglican setting? How can a Christian school remain authentically Christian but at the same time welcome those who do not profess Christian faith? This booklet explores these questions, and suggests appropriate strategies for response.