Sacred Space for the Missional Church: Engaging Culture through the Built Environment

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Sacred Space for the Missional Church examines the strong link between the theology and mission of the Church and the spaces in which and from which that theology and mission are lived out. The author demonstrates that the built environment is not incidental or even subservient to mission. Rather it is a key player in the fulfillment and the communication of that mission. The book begins with a working definition of the missional church, underscoring the connection between God's mission (missio Dei) and the ...

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Overview

Sacred Space for the Missional Church examines the strong link between the theology and mission of the Church and the spaces in which and from which that theology and mission are lived out. The author demonstrates that the built environment is not incidental or even subservient to mission. Rather it is a key player in the fulfillment and the communication of that mission. The book begins with a working definition of the missional church, underscoring the connection between God's mission (missio Dei) and the Church's mission. The reader is presented with historical and theological frameworks for sacred space, and reminded of the pivotal role of the built environment in the fulfillment of the mission of the Church. The design and construction of sacred spaces are shown to be fundamentally a theological exercise and not solely a matter of function, pragmatics and fiscal astuteness. The author questions the uncritical application of blanket statements such "form must follow function," and challenges the conviction that it does not matter where worship occurs, only that it occurs. The book addresses genuine concerns such as legitimizing the cost of church buildings and concludes with practical suggestions and essential questions that must be considered in posturing the built environment within the missional praxis of the Church.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608994687
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill McAlpine is Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Ambrose University College at Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Foreword John Swintonn vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 Is There a Place for a Place Called Church? 1

Chapter 2 The Church, the Gospel, and Culture: Defining Mission 9

Chapter 3 A Historical Framework for Sacred Space 33

Chapter 4 A Theological Framework for Sacred Space 72

Chapter 5 The Significance of Place in Fulfilling of the Mission of the Church 105

Chapter 6 Missional Challenges and Opportunities in the Twenty-first Century 133

Chapter 7 Where We Need to Be 164

Appendix A-Sacred Space Walk: A Guideline for Personal Reflection 179

Bibliography 181

Subject and Author Index 199

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