A Strategy that Changes the Denomination
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Drawing on the 1945 report, ‘Towards the Conversion of England’, and the work of the Bishop of Taita Taveta in Kenya, Dr Samson Mwaluda, John Richardson argues in this book that nothing less than a radical revision of the Church of England’s agenda is sufficient for the task of evangelizing a nation. Anglican evangelicals are called upon to set aside their divisions and their focus on their own position within the Church, and instead to develop a strategy that changes the whole denomination into an instrument for evangelism. Aimed at laypeople as well as clergy, his book is a plea for the transformation of the Church for the proclamation of the gospel. John Richardson is the Associate Minister in the United Benefice of Henham and Elsenham with Ugley. He trained at St John’s College, Nottingham, and has a first class Diploma in Theology from Moore Theological College, Sydney. He blogs as ‘The Ugley Vicar’.
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Dec 21, 2011The denomination John Richardson is writing for is the Church of England, but the insights and suggestions in this concise and readable book apply to almost any denomination in which an evangelical wing is in tension with the current leadership. He identifies the trajectory that has characterised evangelical movements ‘for over a century’: expansion, confrontation, division, recrimination, dissipation and regeneration. Regeneration, he says, typically comes after ‘the old battles are forgotten and the old warriors retire’, but in this book he suggests policies that could help bring it about sooner. The key to the evangelical failures of the past is that what follows expansion has usually been confrontation, which leads to division not only between Evangelicals and the rest of the church, but among Evangelicals, not all of whom are ready to confront to the same extent or at the same time. If there is to be a different future, Richardson suggests, Evangelicals must try participation... More > rather than confrontation, and he suggests two principles which Evangelicals need to absorb if participation is to be possible. The first is to accept that the starting point is the way the church is now, even if it violates every evangelical principle that ever was. The second is that evangelism is not just a specialty for Evangelicals, but the purpose for which the whole church exists. The goal of participation, therefore, must be to restore evangelism to its proper place in the life of the whole church, and it is in that process that the denomination will be changed and renewed. A really encouraging book that can be read in an evening, and will put new heart into those concerned about the future of their church, Anglican or otherwise.< Less
Dec 16, 2011What others have said about "A Strategy that Changes the Denomination": "I've recently read John Richardson's 'A Strategy that Changes the Denomination' which I thought was rather good." Rev Sam Norton at the Elizaphanian blog. "[An] excellent and thought-provoking book. It ought to be read and pondered by all C of E evangelicals." Rev John Pearce, former Rector of St Anne, Limehouse. "It helpfully encourages us to have a much bigger vision for the Gospel." Rev Angus MacLeay, St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks, and General Synod member. "... stimulating ... [the] analysis resonates with what I've observed in a number of areas", Rev Alasdair Paine, St Andrew the Great, Cambridge. "A great book which sets out something which is so obvious it should not need to be said. Thanks for writing it. I am encouraging others to read it." David Brock, Elmdon. “If the recommendations in this book had been acted upon twenty years ago, we would... More > be living in a very different, and perhaps more united and effective, Church today.” Rev Darren Moore, Vicar of St Catherine’s Tranmere, Merseyside. “This book provides a thoughtful and thought-provoking analysis of the Church of England. The desire to learn from the past and contend for the future lays down a significant challenge to all who long to see Christ proclaimed in England.” Susie Leafe, Women's Worker and General Synod Member.< Less
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- John P Richardson (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Lulu, Rayleigh N.C.
- October 29, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.45 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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