Reinventing Church: Stories of Hope from Four Anglican Parishes

Reinventing Church: Stories of Hope from Four Anglican Parishes

by James Collins

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532606250
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 08/11/2016
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 3

Introduction 9

Enabler Supported Ministry in the Diocese of Tasmania 11

Contemporary Anglicanism in Rural Contexts 17

1 Rural Decline 18

2 Secularization and Pluralism 20

3 Postmodernism 22

4 Cultural Framing 25

Conclusion 29

Chapter 1 A Theology or Enabler Supported Ministry 31

Introduction 31

A theology of Enabler Supported Ministry 31

1 A Trinitarian theology of mutuality 31

2 A Christology of service 32

3 An Ecclesiology of the Body 33

4 Action/Reflection (Praxis) 33

5 Baptism 34

A Theology of Enabling 36

1 The Ontological Understanding of Ordination (Thesis) 36

2 The Functional Understanding of Ordination (Antithesis) 38

3 An Understanding of Ordination as Enabling (Synthesis) 40

Conclusion 41

Chapter 2 The Parish of New Norfolk 43

Introduction 43

Background 43

The Anglican Parish of New Norfolk - A Description 44

Options for the Future 46

ESM: Process, Issues, and Context 49

1 'Enquiry Stage' 50

2 'Seed Sowing' 55

3 'Calling Out' 57

4 Reflection 61

Conclusion 65

A Chronology of Events 66

Chapter 3 The Parish of Channel/Cygnet 69

Introduction 69

Background 69

The Anglican Parish of Channel/Cygnet - A Description 72

Calling Out A Team 77

1 'Calling Sunday' and Formation 79

2 Local Ministry Support Team 80

ESM in Practice 84

Conclusion 91

A Chronology of Events 92

Chapter 4 The Parish Of St Helens (Break O'Day) 95

Introduction 95

Background 95

St Helens: A Description of the Town and Region (Break O'Day Municipality) 98

The Anglican Parish of St Helens - A Description 99

1 Decline and the Journey Towards ESM 99

2 The Change to Enabler Supported Ministry 102

Changes Within the Parish as a Result of the Introduction of Enabler Support- ed Ministry 106

St Helens - Further Changes in the Parish and Municipality 112

1 New Educational Opportunities 113

2 The Impact of the Tree-Changers and Sea-Changers 114

3 From Looking In to Looking Out 116

4 From Stability to Constant Change 119

Conclusion 123

A Chronology of Events 124

Chapter 5 The Parish of Hamilton 127

Introduction 127

Background 127

The Central Highlands - A Description 128

The Anglican Parish of Hamilton - A Description 129

Church and Community 130

Options for the Future 138

The Role of the Enabler 141

The Enabler will not be: 142

Instead the Enabler will be: 142

The Enabler and the LMST 143

Conclusion 147

A Chronology of Events 150

Chapter 6 Theological Reflection 151

Introduction 151

Process of Re-Invention 152

Fundamentalism 157

Privileged and Non-Privileged 160

An Inductive Approach 162

A Sociologically Informed Theology 164

ESM: Sociologically Informed Theology in Practice 166

Conclusion: A Place That Neither 1 Nor They Have Ever Been Before 171

Conclusion 173

Introduction 173

The Story We Tell 173

What the Story Tells 177

Conclusion 181

Epilogue: The Parishes In 2016 183

References 185

Appendix 1 Methdological Considerations 193

Appendix 2 Frequently Asked Questions: Enablek Supported Ministry 199

Appendix 3 Glossary (In The Words of the Interviewees) 203

Appendix 4 Enabler Supported Ministry Handbook 207

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