The trustees of Modern Church are delighted to congratulate our General Secretary, Revd Canon Guy Elsmore, following the announcement today that he is to become the next Archdeacon of Buckingham in the Diocese of Oxford.
Guy, currently the Area Dean of Toxteth and Wavertree and Rector of the St Luke in the City Team in Liverpool, has been General Secretary of Modern Church since July 2013.
In the first article in this series, I outlined the dire attendance scenario the Church of England is facing in the coming years. I made a pragmatic case for the liberal wing of the church to move from a general attitude of scepticism to one of constructive engagement with church growth, then offered suggestions as to some areas of strength which liberals might bring to bear to the work of growing churches.
In this second article I shall look at some recent research on church growth, what it may have to tell us about the ways in which liberal churches might approach the task of seeking growth, and reflect back as I do so on some of the liberal strengths identified in the first article.
2016 Annual Conference of Modern Church
Performing the Faith: Shakespeare in the World
Shakespeare, the Theatre and Theology Today
11th July to 13th July 2016
at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts.
2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of England’s – some would say, the world’s – greatest playwright.
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Modern Believing is the journal of Modern Church. It publishes articles in theology and related disciplines to promote theological liberalism.
Published quarterly by Liverpool University Press and indexed in the ATLA religion database.
Editor: Revd Dr Steven Shakespeare
Reviews Editor: Revd Dr Michael Brierley
Assistant Editor: Revd Anthony Freeman
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