Liquid Church

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Mar 8, 2013 - Religion - 124 pages
A visionary book for the emergent church.

The church must be like water--flexible, fluid, changeable. This book is a vision for how the church can embrace the liquid nature of culture rather than just scrambling to keep afloat while sailing over it. Ward urges us to move away from the traditional notion of church as a gathering of people meeting in one place at one time to the dynamic notion of the emergent church as a series of relationships and communications. In the Liquid Church, membership is determined by participation and involvement. Liquid Church is continually on the move, flowing in response to the Spirit and the gospel of Jesus, the imagination and creativity of its leaders, and the choices and experiences of it worshippers. In this provocative, insightful, and challenging book, Pete Ward presents his vision of a Liquid Church that addresses the needs of the isolated consumer-Christian by providing connection and community, located in common cause and similar desire for God.
 

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A fascinating book, looking sociologically and theologically at modern trends in church life. Proposes that church become more 'liquid' in terms of networking, and fluid structures rather than ... Read full review

Contents

Solid and Liquid Modernity and the Church
13
Heritage Refuge
22
Liquid in Christ
33
Network and Flow in the Liquid Church
40
The Liquid Dance of God
49
Shaping the Liquid Church
56
The Word of God
65
Desire for God
72
The Spirit and Grace
78
Inside the Liquid Church
87
Notes
99
Bibliography
109
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Pete Ward teaches at King's College, London, where he is involved in research into popular theology and culture. He is the author of a number of books, including God at the Mall, Youthwork and the Mission of God, Growing Up Evangelical, and Youth Culture and the Gospel.

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