In Wide Welcome, Jessicah Krey Duckworth presents the stark differences between the established congregation, which cares for current members and congregational identity, and the disestablished one, intentionally equipped to facilitate the encounter between new and established members.
The disestablished congregations, she says, gains purpose and identity in the task of relating to the newcomer, and by doing so engages the world in powerful new ways. By intentionally extending the time of newcomer inquiry and allowing their questions, insights, and experiences to reverberate through the entire congregation both they and the church are changed.
Duckworth intentionally lays out possible designs for newcomer welcome that are local and particular.
Table of Contents
1 Deliberate Disestablishment 15
2 Intersections of Inquiry 35
3 Facilitating Newcomer Participation 59
4 Designing Disestablishment 79
5 The Task of the Ecclesia Crucis 101
Appendix: Research Methodology 113