Liquid Church

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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 church as a series of relationships and communications. In the Liquid Church, membership is determined by participation and involvement. Liquid Church is ...
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Overview

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 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 its 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565636804
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Pete Ward teaches at King's College, London, and is the author of Youthwork and the Mission of God, Growing Up Evangelical, Worship and Youth Culture, and Youth Culture and the Gospel. He is the coauthor of Youthwork and How to Do It and the editor of The Church Today and Youth Ministry.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Solid Church
1 Solid and Liquid Modernity and the Church 13
2 The Mutations of Solid Church: Heritage, Refuge, and Nostalgia 22
Pt. 2 Liquid Church
3 Liquid in Christ 33
4 Network and Flow in the Liquid Church 40
5 The Liquid Dance of God 49
6 Shaping the Liquid Church 56
7 Regulating the Flow, Part One: The Word of God 65
8 Desire for God 72
9 Regulating the Flow, Part Two: The Spirit and Grace 78
10 Inside the Liquid Church 87
Notes 99
Bibliography 109
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