Since its outset in 2004, Messy Church has become established in many countries worldwide, with over 1900 churches currently registered. Such growth has generated much response and debate. A collection of essays from a range of contributors has been gathered in order to provide theological reflection that will explore the significance of Messy Church for individual discipleship and for the wider church. Any who wish to engage in a broader awareness of this, or who are questioning the long-term sustainability and impact of Messy Church, will find that the essays provide a framework for thought and debate. Messy Church Theology is a first response to the debate encapsulating a theology to assess the significance of Messy Church. Critical reflection is provided that includes a range of viewpoints. Edited by George Lings, these essays look at the impact of Messy Church as a fresh expression of Church, how it builds discipleship, how it sits within the wider church and what the future might hold. All contributions add to an academic debate showing that Messy Church is much more than crafts and food for children. George Lings is Director of Research for Church Army's Research Unit, which for over a decade has been at work discerning the evolving mission of the church and the resultant fresh expressions of Church. Contributors include Steve Hollinghurst (Researcher in Evangelism to Post-Christian Culture) on 'When is Messy Church ''not church''?', and Bishop Paul Bayes on 'Messy Theology'. George Lings' essay 'Why we might expect mess, not merely tolerate it' suggests an intriguing exploration of the core values of Messy Church. Thirteen essays are included with case studies from practitioners, including one for Special Educational Needs and Messy Church.
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