Posts Tagged: structure

Episcopal Oversight [Anglican Pioneer Ministry #4]

In the last post of our mini-series on Pioneer Ministry and Anglican Identity, we touch on supervision and accountability for pioneer ministry. Why Bishops? The role of the Bishop is hugely significant to Anglican practice and identity. According to Ramsey (1985, p.96): [a Bishop should] remember that his role is apostolic. His apostolicity is seen not only in pedigree which he holds but in his role of guiding the Church in its mission. It is the Bishop who has ultimate responsibility for the life of ... Read more

Sacramental Worship [Anglican Pioneer Ministry #3]

Welcome to the third part of our mini-series on Pioneer Ministry and Anglican Identity. This time we're exploring sacramental worship. How important are the sacraments? The practice of the sacraments, and in particular the two apostolic sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist, are at the very core of the way that the Anglican Church expresses its identity in worship. Anglican theologian, Daniel Hardy writes: [The celebration of the Eucharist] is the major way by which the social meaning of the Church is consistently referred to ... Read more

The Parish [Anglican Pioneer Ministry #2]

Welcome to the second part of our mini-series on Pioneer Ministry and Anglican Identity. In this post, we're going to tackle the parish system, how it has formed Anglican ministry, and what this means for pioneering mission and ministry. The origins of the parish The parish system lies at the very heart of the structure of the Anglican church, to the extent that it is difficult to license the ministry of a church, unless it has a parish or territory (Rees, 2006). For Martyn ... Read more

New Mini-Series: Pioneer Ministry and Anglican Identity

Some of my recent thinking has been on the tension between approaches to pioneer mission and inherited church structures. In particular, the interaction between pioneer ministry and Anglican identity and practice. Over the next four weeks, in a little mini-series drawing on some of my MA work, I thought it'd be interesting to explore these tensions. Apologies for those from other denominational backgrounds that we'll be looking primarily at Anglican identity, but this is simply because of my own sense of denominational identity and ... Read more

#8: Fresh expressions and little congregations #TaylorTuesdays

What are the similarities between Taylor's 'little congregations' and fresh expressions of church ? Writing in 1972, Taylor sees the ultimate fruit of the house-church movement of his time being found in the birth of many diverse 'little congregations'. It's remarkable to see the similarities between Taylor's vision and the many fresh expressions of church which are being birthed as new congregations across the UK and further afield. Taylor makes three important observations about these little congregations: They will all be different. Some will be ... Read more

#5: Mission, institutions and the ‘gift of not fitting in’ #TaylorTuesdays

How should mission inform church structures? Taylor suggests that we can compare those engaged in modern day mission to the prophets of ancient Israel. Those called to be prophets often had an incredibly strong personal sense of calling, but often didn't fit into either the religious or political structures of their day at all. He then draws us to consider many of the great missionary figures in church history, and the role that many of them played in challenging the structure and ... Read more