The Shape of the Church of the Future Does the Future have a Church?
Changing Culture Changing Church • Reducing influence of INSTITUTIONS • New contexts of COMMUNITY • Re-definition of TRUTH • From Coronation Street to Neighbours to Friends The Church is simply “That which grows when the seed of the Gospel is planted and takes root” (Graham Cray)
For Guildford or not for Guildfordthat is the question! • What is my TERRITORY? • In what ways do I CONNECT with Guildford? • Guildford as a ‘JERICHO’ for the region • To get to EUROPE you must go through Guildford
Changing Climate! “Spirituality is a slippery word, and the mishmash of feeling that goes under its name is no substitute for the genuine, life giving energy of the Holy Spirit” (The Times 17-6-00) “While churches are finding it hard to put ‘bums on pews’, God seems to be having no difficulty in filling cinemas and art galleries; Jesus is news. The church needs to decide if it wants to share the gospel or to impose on them a moral consensus which dates from the 1950’s” (Sunday Express - Easter)