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Church Drawing Near: An Applied Theology of Mission and Ministry (Paul Avis) Hardcover Book, (T & T Clark International, 2004) 9780567089670
Church Drawing Near: An Applied Theology of Mission and Ministry (Paul Avis) Hardcover Book, (T & T Clark International, 2004) 9780567089670
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Title: Church Drawing Near: An Applied Theology of Mission and Ministry

Author: Avis, Paul

Publisher: T & T Clark International; Publication Date: 2004

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780567089670

Volumes: 1; Pages: 224

List Price in Cloth: $165.00 Our price: $131.99

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The book begins by defining the core tasks (or mission) of the Church in biblical and theological terms, and then asks how these tasks can best be carried out in the conditions of modernity and post-modernity.Paul Avis describes and evaluates contemporary expressions of spirituality, drawing on many empirical studies; the functions of the Church's 'occasional offices' or rites of passage; the ways in which the Church and its ministers can engage constructively with the community and with civil society; the pastoral method in mission and its practical, policy consequences. Throughout the book Avis urges the imperative for the Church and its ministers to break out from the privatization of Christian values into full participation in contemporary social issues and public life.This book is an authoritative and interdisciplinary study of theology and practice: a much-needed applied theology of mission and ministry for today.Table of ContentsForeword: Beyond the Privatisation of Faith1. For the Healing of the Nations2. The Secularisation Enigma3. The Fragmentation Scenario4. The State of Faith5. How Christian is Common Religion?6. Transformation of Being7. The Cross in the Community8. The Primacy of the PastoralBibliographyIndex
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