Culture has changed but the church has not changed adequately in response. That is the claim made by proponents of new expressions of church. But all too often their ecclesiology is far from adequate.
In Flexible Church, Helen D. Morris speaks to this issue by proposing an ecclesiology for innovative expressions of church that is grounded in scripture whilst self-consciously and intentionally developed for the contemporary Western milieu.
Engaging with the work of key church thinkers and critical New Testament scholarship, Morris introduces a framework for church that facilitates both flexibility and faithfulness; faithfulness to the church’s Christian heritage and identity, and the flexibility to fashion new forms of church that can connect more effectively with those who currently find church irrelevant and inaccessible.
List of Figures
Part 1 A Church in Transition
1. Re-Thinking Church
2. Re-Contextual Church
3. Ecclesiology as Embodied Dialogue
Part 2 Flexible Church
4. The Church and the Social Trinity
5. The Body of Christ is the Church
6. The Church as a Suspension Bridge Characterized by Gift-Exchange
Index of Scripture References
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
`This is a thoughtful contribution to what the church should look like in the twenty-first century. Well worth reading!' -- Michael Moynagh, author of A Church for Every Context and Church in Life.
'In this book, Dr Helen Morris helpfully brings `body of Christ' language to bear upon the contemporary ecclesiological conversation. It is a work of careful theological scholarship, offering wide-ranging and thoughtful discussion in the context of a new and creative metaphor for what Helen calls re-contextual church. Flexible Church will certainly be beneficial to academics and practitioners alike.' -- Chloe Lynch, Lecturer in Practical Theology, London School of Theology, UK.
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