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Reimagining Mission from Urban Places

Missional Pastoral Care

Reimagining Mission from Urban Places

Missional Pastoral Care

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334058656
Published: 31/03/2020

What happens when evangelical Christians intentionally relocate into communities experiencing marginalisation?

Within a changing social and political context, the role of the church in public life and the response of Christians to social issues has taken on renewed energy. Churches have entered enthusiastically into community engagement projects such as foodbanks and night shelters, with a broad understanding of this as mission.

Reimagining Mission from Urban Places offers much needed reflection about the nature of mission and about expectations for missional outcomes. Using the stories of team members within the Eden Network (which emphasises an 'incarnational' approach to urban mission) the book demonstrates that at its best, mission happens in a shared life rather than being about 'us' telling the listening world.

A timely and provocative call to churches, missional groups, those involved in 'Fresh Expressions and other creative models of community-based church and those training for ministry to reflect more deeply on their practice and theology, the book insists that mission is about difference, love, locality and long-term consistency and, at its best, is slow, complicated and messy.

Anna Ruddick

Dr Anna Ruddick is a community theologian and researcher who facilitates reflection and learning for leaders, congregations and Christian organisations seeking to deepen and strengthen their relationships with their communities. Anna holds a Doctorate in Practical Theology and has worked supporting those in community-based mission in marginal contexts for the last fourteen years.

"Drawing deeply on her research as a participant observer and her engagement with resources from many different disciplines, and illustrated with many stories, Anna Ruddick offers a perceptive, challenging and encouraging reinterpretation of the complexity, struggles and joys of mission in marginal places. This book has the potential to help bridge the gap that is often present between missional practitioners and those who deploy and support them, and to help practitioners better interpret and value their own experiences." -- Stuart Murray-Williams