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Lost Church by Alan Billings

Lost Church (edition 2013)

by Alan Billings

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Title:Lost Church
Authors:Alan Billings
Info:Spck (2013), Paperback, 160 pages
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Tags:church, anglican, evangelism, mission, ecclesiology

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Lost Church: Why We Must Find It Again by Alan Billings



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Not read all of it, but the browse in the library suggested this has some pertinent stories that show the variety of opinion outside the British church about the church (including some unexpected "belonging without believing"). But I'm not sure whether his conclusion about recovering the "Lost Church" of local parish congregations, and avoiding fresh expressions and church planting, is a sensible conclusion. Thought-provoking though, particularly if you've not read much on the current cultural context. ( )
  jandm | Mar 10, 2014 |
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In trying to understand the relationship of the British people to religion - specifically Christianity - we tend to say that people: believe - or do not; attend - or do not. The argument of Lost Church is that the majority of people do not really fit either of these categories. Rather, they 'belong' - in the sense that they feel some affinity to Christianity and the Church; they are not hostile to its ministers; they do not find churches alien places to be, and they turn to the Church and its clergy on specific occasions. But they do not want to attend regularly and their beliefs may be incoherent or even non-existent, and often flicker on and off like a badly wired lamp. This absorbing and encouraging volume is a call to lay Christians and clergy to take stock of what is happening and to recover an understanding of the Church that will not alienate those who 'belong' but rather enable ministry to them to continue.

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The Radio 4 'Thought for the Day' contributor warns that the historic mission of the Church of England is now being threatened

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