Pilgrims and Priests
Christian Mission in a Post-Christian Society
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What does it mean to be a small missional community in a deeply secularized society?
Drawing on a wide range of practical insight with mission in one of the most secular contexts of the West, Pilgrims and Priests blends this experience with a thorough analysis of relevant biblical, historical, sociological, theological and spiritual sources that bear relevance to missional identity in the challenging circumstances presented by the secular West. It presents a hopeful perspective, rooted in a realistic appraisal of reality and rich theological reflections.
This fully revised new international edition will make this important resource for thinkers, practitioners and all who are fascinated by the future of Christianity in the West.
"Stefan Paas develops a missional spirituality for secularized contexts in the West. There is probably a critique in the book for all of our mission traditions and approaches but it comes from a place of care and honest reflection. I found myself welcoming the challenges he offers. ... It is a book that is very grounded in biblical stories and metaphors. It is also a book that has something of a sigh of relief about it – it’s ok to be small and faithful as Christian communities in the midst of an often indifferent world. This is a book I will be coming back to again and again." -- Jonny Baker, Church Mission Society, UK
“… an unflinching analysis of the place and role of the church in the secular West … He gives us a fresh take on evangelism and witness, and a compelling missional vision for small Christian communities in our secular culture… Inspiring, challenging and immensely helpful.” -- Cathy Ross, Lecturer in Mission, Regent’s Park College, Oxford
“With this “missional ecclesiology” Paas carries out masterfully his intention to define “what it means to be a missional Christian community in a post-Christian society.” … This book will quickly become a basic text for missiological research and curricula while refreshing the conversation in ways that surprise, delight, and stimulate.” -- Darrell Guder, Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary