Emerging Church/Fresh Expressions

Current trends and future direction.

Messy Church Theology

- Exploring The Wider Significance Of Messy Church For The Wider Church

by Ed. George Lings


Messy Church Theology is set out in a series of chapters from a range of contributors involved and active within the thriving Messy Church community.

As such it sets out ideas of what Messy Church is, and isn't, in relatively clear language—though to be fair there are times when as you might expect it becomes a little tautologous as the same idea is expressed by multiple contributors.

It also attempts to show models of how Messy Church works, and can work in parishes, communities and churches up and down the country by using case studies that ground the idea of what Messy Church is and the idea or 'theology' behind it. It then attempts to broaden this out a little to demonstrate how this can, would, and should look in a wider sphere of 'Church'. 

It is largely anecdotal in feeling and format, though there are in here real figures, representations, graphs, and studies too, but much like the feeling of Messy Church the book retains a much more anecdotal or personal feel to each chapter. The same can be said of the 'theology' in it. There is not here an overarching highbrow academic view but instead it is again the personal insights, the day to day realities, the man on the ground, and those being outreached style at work here that aims to make 'theology' something we all can do and understan.

And herein that lies the reason why this book would be an interesting book for those outside looking in at what Messy Church is and can be and how perhaps they might want to consider it more in context for their own settings.

A book I think would be recommended for any outside the Messy Church arena to read to see a deeper picture of Messy Church.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (06/01/14)
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Price: £9.99
Publisher: Messy Church imprint of BRF
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 978-0-857-46171-1

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Re-Storying Your Faith



by Suzanne M. Coyle


Re-Storying Your Faith is a wonderful little book that looks at the nature of stories, the stories we tell each other and ourselves everyday in our relationships, in our conversations and in the basic nature of our thoughts and minds.

Our whole lives are a series of stories lived out in reality and imagination and many of these stories are deeply spiritual in nature and scope, indeed some of our most important and foundational stories are our religious ones, however this doesn't always make them our best stories...

Coyle goes on in this book to look at how we probably need to approach the stories we know and tell ourselves and in effect repurpose them, or rework them entirely - we need to look beyond the surface story to the deeper hidden meanings we have overlooked or lost sight of.

For anyone interested in the nature of story then this book is probably a must read. For anyone aware of the fact that perhaps there are dissonances between what they were told and what they believe, then again this book would probably be a great tool too.

This book could well be used in a group setting but would as easily be a good work book for individuals too.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (16/11/13)
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Price: £7.99
Publisher: Circle Books imprint of John Hunt Publishing Ltd
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 978-1-782-79231-4

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Cranky, Beautiful Faith

- For Irregular (and Regular) People

by Nadia Bolz-Weber


What an incredibly rich, honest and enjoyable book - one that is completely down to earth and bites with a wicked edge of satire that is almost entirely aimed at the reality of the author's own life but that resonates so strongly with pretty much everyone else I would think.

There is here no bland patina of do gooding, no cover over of self-help talk and smiley feel better faces that say God makes it all shiney, instead there is honesty and raw truth in the fact that we are all saints and sinners and coming to faith does not change this, that we ourselves are constantly a work in progress and that facing that truth is one of the hardest things we will ever do but in doing so we are set free indeed.

I loved this book, I can entirely understand why this book was a New York Times Bestseller (under the title Pastrix) because it contains within it all the things a book on faith needs to in order to meet a generation disenfrachised with it - it contains humour, honesty and insight without the overtone of holy roller but rather with the reality of misfit - something I think Jesus knew all about and that's why this book really does talk gospel for a doubting generation.



Review by Melanie Carroll  (16/11/13)
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Publisher: Canterbury Press imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Published: October 2013
ISBN: 978-1-848-25531-9

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Churches in Exile

- Alternative Models of Church for Ireland In the 21st Century

by Cathy Higgins


Cathy Higgins offers a weighty punch here that straddles history, ecclesiology and prophecy as to the witness of the gathered church in Ireland. Higgins navigation of conflict, ambiguity and division is particularly useful. Her lens on history and scripture are well woven in the substantive and content mapped out here. The emergent patterns of gender and post-everything were my favoured chapters, in the conclusion of the book.

Discipleship of equals could sound curious until you engage with the content Higgins offers. The scriptural and historic female character portraits are authored with conviction.

Grassroots movements hope and transformation is the thread constructed for a living vibrant witness to Christ in Ireland. Though understandably incomplete, Higgins offers more fuel for the Kingdom of God in that precious land.

Authentic writing more than radically alternative.



Review by Johnny Douglas  (31/07/13)
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Publisher: Columba Press
Published: February 2013
ISBN: 978-1-856-07838-2

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Making Disciples in Messy Church

- Growing faith in an all-age community

by Paul Moore


Written with clarity and conviction, Making Disciples in Messy Church is a timely and helpful book for a movement that is deeply serious about discipleship. Drawing on biblical, monastic and catechetical approaches, the book contains much wisdom and inspiration for those seeking to make disciples in all forms of church, not just the phenomenon that is Messy Church. The affirmation of the places of family and community in discipleship formation is especially welcome. I warmly and wholeheartedly commend this book.
Andrew Roberts, Methodist Minister and Director of Training for Fresh Expressions

Review by Publisher's notes  (02/07/13)
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Publisher: BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 978-0-857-46218-3

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The Last Word and the Word After That

- A tale of faith, doubt and a new kind of Christianity

by Brian D McLaren


McLaren polarises opinion. The Last Word is the final part of Brian McLaren's New Kind of Christian trilogy, and retains the proceeding two books' characters, narrative flow, and 'creative nonfiction' style. Pastor Dan has been suspended by his church for being a potential heretic, his friend Neil invites him to be part of a neo-monastic community, lots of people get married, and everyone is talking about hell. This final book brings the church crisis to a head but first forces Dan to deal with the most painful part of the Christian story - the teachings of Jesus on hell.

Many will consider McLaren's writing and this series of books nothing more than liberal universalism but having been and still considering myself to be entirely convinced of the validity of the Bible for "teaching, correcting and rebuking" I think these arguments hold little water for clear thinking mature readers. This book will challenge your theology, your faith and your compassion for your fellow man and for most Christians none of these will be a bad thing. A brave and uncertain write for the exploratory heart.

Sometimes the book suffers from the painful insertion of really deep theology into a story which groans from the effort of carrying so much meaning. Illustrations are pushed too far. It is provocative, helpful and unresolved.



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Review by Johnny Douglas  (31/05/13)
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Publisher: SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 978-0-281-06997-2

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Messy Church 3

- Fifteen sessions for exploring the Christian life with families

by Lucy Moore

ISBN: 978-0-857-46120-9
Price: 8.99

Published: November 2012
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Fresh Expressions of Church and the Kingdom Of God



by Various

ISBN: 978-1-848-25091-8
Price: 16.99

Published: July 2012
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Fall To Grace

- A Revolution Of God, Self, and Society

by Jay Bakker

ISBN: 978-0-446-53949-4
Price: 11.99

Published: September 2012
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Emergence Christianity

- What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters

by Phyllis Tickle

ISBN: 978-0-801-01355-3
Price: 12.99

Published: 01 October 2012
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Church for Every Context

- An Introduction to Theology and Practice

by Michael Moynagh with Philip Harrold

ISBN: 978-0-334-04369-0
Price: 30.00

Published: 01 June 2012
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Reimagining Discipleship

- Loving The Local Community

by Robert Cotton

ISBN: 978-0-281-06719-0
Price: 12.99

Published: September 2012
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Pioneers 4 Life

- Explorations in Theology and Wisdom for Pioneering Leaders

Edited by David Male

ISBN: 978-1-841-01827-0
Price: 8.99

Published: August 2011
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Church in the Present Tense

- A Candid Look at Whats Emerging

by Scot McKnight, Peter Rollins, Kevin Corcoran & Jason Clark

ISBN: 978-1-587-43299-6
Price: 12.99

Published: April 2011
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The Hospitality of God

- Emerging Worship for a Missional Church

by Mary Gray-Reeves and Michael Perham

ISBN: 978-0-281-06350-5
Price: 12.99

Published: March 2011
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A Just Church

- 21st Century Liberation Theology in Action

by Chris Howson

ISBN: 978-1-441-19992-8
Price: 12.99

Published: 17 February 2011
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New Monasticism as Fresh Expression of Church

- Ancient Faith, Future Mission

by Graham Cray, Ian Mobsby and Aaron Kennedy

ISBN: 978-1-848-25044-4
Price: 14.99

Published: 17 December 2010
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Risk-Shaped Discipleship

- On Going Deeper into the Life of God

by Terry Biddington

ISBN: 978-0-893-90693-1
Price: 18.50

Published: August 2010
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Parishes in Transition



Edited by Eugene Duffy

ISBN: 978-1-856-07706-4
Price: 12.99

Published: 2010
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Pioneer Mission and Fresh Expressions of Church



by Angela Shier-Jones

ISBN: 978-0-281-06113-6
Price: 12.99

Published: 19 November 2009
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Mission After Christendom

- Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission

edited by Ogbu U. Kalu, Peter Vethanayagamony and Edmund Kee-Fook-Chia

ISBN: 978-0-664-23465-2
Price: 16.99

Published: May 2010
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Churchmorph

- How Megatrends are reshaping Christian Communities

by Eddie Gibbs

ISBN: 978-0-801-03762-7
Price: 10.99

Published: 2009
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Through the Pilgrim Door

- Pioneering a Fresh Expression of Church

by Michael Volland

ISBN: 978-1-842-91399-4
Price: 7.99

Published: 2009
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The Challenge of Change

- A Guide to Shaping Change and Changing the Shape of the Church

by Phil Potter

ISBN: 978-1-841-01604-7
Price: 7.99

Published: Autumn 2009
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GloboChrist

- The Great Commission Takes Post Modern Turn

by Carl Raschke

ISBN: 978-0-801-03261-5
Price: 9.99

Published: 2008
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Punk Monk

- New Monasticism and the Ancient Art of Breathing

by Andy Freeman & Pete Greig

ISBN: 978-1-842-91330-7
Price: 6.99

Published: Autumn 2009
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Evaluating Fresh Expressions

- Explorations in Emerging Church

Edited by Louise Nelstrom and Martyn Percy

ISBN: 978-1-853-11816-6
Price: 16.99

Published: 2008
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Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition

- Ancient Faith, Future Mission

Edited by Steven Croft and Ian Mobsby

ISBN: 978-1-853-11973-6
Price: 16.99

Published: Autumn 2009
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Mission-shaped church - second edition

- Church Planting and Fresh expressions of Church in a Changing Context

by C of Es Mission and Public Affairs Council

ISBN: 978-0-715-14189-2
Price: 10.95

Published: 2009
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Messy Church 2

- Ideas for Discipling a Christ-Centered Community

by Lucy More

ISBN: 978-1-841-01602-3
Price: 8.99

Published: November 2008
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