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Worship and Mission After Christendom

Worship and Mission After Christendom

By author: Alan & Eleanor Kreider
Product Code: 9554
ISBN: 9780836195545
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Size: 9.00 x 6.00 inches

Publication Date: 1/15/2011

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Today, as Christendom weakens, worship and mission are poised to reunite after centuries of separation. But this requires the church to rethink both “mission” and “worship.” In post-Christendom mission, God is the main actor and God calls all Christians to participate. In post-Christendom worship, the church tells and celebrates the story of God, enabling members to live in hope and attract outsiders to its many tables of hospitality.

In this passionate and thoughtful study, Alan Kreider and Eleanor Kreider draw upon missiology, liturgiology, biblical studies, church history, and the vast experience of today’s global Christian church-to say nothing of their long tenure as teachers and writers in contemporary England and the United States. Academically responsible but also practical and accessible, Worship and Mission After Christendom is a much-needed guide for people who take seriously God’s call to be the church in a world where institutional religion is no longer taken for granted.

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"In the long period of Christendom, worship and mission were largely separated, driven apart to the detriment of the Church's life and witness. As Christendom weakens there is fresh hope that they can be integrated anew, but this will involve us in rethinking our understanding of both 'mission' and 'worship.' Mission, in post-Christendom, is emerging as God's own mission, in which God is the main actor and in which God calls all Christians to participate. And worship, which ascribes worth to God, becomes narrative-based: it tells the story of God, celebrates God's work past and present, in order to enable Christians to live in hope as players in God's story."


--Alan Kreider and Eleanor Kreider

"Anyone paying the least bit of attention understands that we have entered the post-Christian age. That does not mean Christianity has withered away (or ever will). Rather, it means that what has been known as Christendom--in which Christianity was privileged by government above all other faiths--is over. Vestiges of it remain, but Christendom, at best, is on life support. That happened first in Europe but it's also happening in the U.S. And I've made the argument that it's good for Christianity. We who are Christian can be liberated from the burden of thinking we must run the world. All of that is important background to this new book by a couple who have spent decades as Mennonite missionary teachers in England. They write here as a work of imagination to try to create a vision of what the task of worship and the task of mission might look like in the post-Christian world. In the end, they find that the worship and mission must be related, intertwined, connected not just at the hip but at the heart. And mission does not mean sending missionaries to bring the gospel to poor savages in backward countries, though that's often how Christians thought of it a century or more ago. Rather, mission means the divine task of flooding the world with love and all that comes with it in the Christian narrative. Anyone seeking to imagine the shape and calling of the church in the 21st Century will do well to ponder the lessons offered in this quite readable book."


--Bill's Faith Matters Weblog

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