By first defining the core tasks (or mission) of the Church in biblical and theological terms, Paul Avis then goes on to ask how these tasks can best be carried out in the conditions of modernity and post-modernity. Avis describes and evaluates contemporary expressions of spirituality, drawing on many empirical studies; the functions of the Church’s “occasional offices” or rites of passage; the ways in which the Church and its ministers can engage constructively with the community and with civil society; the pastoral method in mission and its practical, policy consequences.
Throughout the book Avis urges the imperative for the Church and its ministers to break out from the privatization of Christian values into full participation in contemporary social issues and public life. This book is an authoritative and interdisciplinary study of theology and practice: a much needed applied theology of mission and ministry for today.
- Title: A Church Drawing Near: An Applied Theology of Mission and Ministry
- Author: Paul Avis
- Publisher: T & T Clark International
- Publication Date: 2004
- Pages: 224
About the Author
Paul Avis is General Secretary of the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity, Sub-Dean of Exeter Cathedral, and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Christian Church.