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Missionary Congregation, Leadership, and Liminality : Christian Mission and Modern Culture -  Roxburgh

Missionary Congregation, Leadership, and Liminality

Christian Mission and Modern Culture

Paperback Published: 1st September 1997
ISBN: 9781563381904
Number Of Pages: 80

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The urgent question for Christian mission in North America today has to do with churches and congregations and the crisis of their identity in the culture of modernity. Alan Roxburgh argues that the crisis is not merely one of internal identity or structures but involves the massive changes that have transformed modernity, including the shifting of the church from the center of culture to the margins. Chapter 1 reviews the marginalization of the churches and their self-under-standing of that context; chapter 2 examines Victor Turner s work on liminality (a term describing the transition process that accompanies a change of state or social position), relating it to the church s experience of marginalization; chapter 3 outlines leadership characteristics required in today s missionary congregations. Alan J. Roxburgh is Senior Pastor of West Vancouver Baptist Church in British Columbia, an adjunct faculty member of Regent College in Vancouver, and author of the recently published Reaching a New Generation.

Preface to the Series
Introductionp. 1
Marginalization, Modernity, and Loss of Centerp. 5
The Christendom Argument and the Experience of Marginalityp. 6
Modernity, Loss of Center, and the Experience of Marginalityp. 10
A Decentered Context for North American Churchesp. 12
Aspects of a Marginal Consciousness in Current Pastoral Rolesp. 15
Liminality: A Model for Engagementp. 23
The Meaning of Liminalityp. 23
The Stages of Liminal Transitionp. 27
The Liminal and Religious Experiencep. 31
The Potential for the New in the Liminal Experiencep. 32
Two Types of Liminality in Modern Societiesp. 33
Pastoral Identity and Liminalityp. 43
The Liminal and the Liminoidp. 47
Communitasp. 49
Toward a Missionary Ecclesiologyp. 57
Pastor/Poetp. 58
Pastor/Prophetp. 60
Pastor/Apostlep. 61
Conclusionp. 67
Notesp. 68
References Citedp. 70
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ISBN: 9781563381904
ISBN-10: 1563381907
Series: Christian Mission and Modern Culture
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 1st September 1997
Publisher: T&T CLARK PUBL
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.27 x 12.6  x 0.48
Weight (kg): 0.09
Edition Number: 1