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Description - Towards a Theology of Church Growth by David Goodhew

Concern about church growth and decline is widespread and contentious, yet theological reflection on church growth is scarce. Reflecting on the Bible, dogmatic theology and church history, this book situates the numerical growth of the church within wider Christian theology. Leading international scholars, including Alister McGrath, Benedicta Ward and C. Kavin Rowe, contribute a spectrum of voices from evangelical, charismatic, liberal and anglo-catholic perspectives. All contributors unite around the importance of seeking church growth, provided this is situated within a nuanced theological framework. This book offers a critique of 'decline theology', which has been influential amongst theologians and churches, and which assumes church growth is impossible and/or unnecessary. The contributors provide rich resources from scripture, doctrine and tradition, to underpin action to promote church growth and to stimulate further theological reflection on the subject. The Archbishop of Canterbury provides the Foreword.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781472413994
ISBN-10: 1472413997
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-May-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Goodhew

David Goodhew is an Anglican priest and Director of Ministerial Practice at Cranmer Hall, an Anglican theological college which is part of St John's College, Durham, UK. He has worked as a parish priest and as a fellow and chaplain of St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He has published widely in the field of modern British church history and South African history, editing the collection Church Growth in Britain, 1980 to the Present, which was published by Ashgate in 2012.

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