Spirituality in a Changing Culture
|The Christian church is in decline all over the western world. Yet people today are more conscious than ever before of the need for a ‘spiritual’ dimension to life. As a Christian, I am concerned about this - though as a scholar of contemporary culture, I don’t need to look far to understand the reasons for it.|
In my best-selling books, The McDonaldization of the Church (published in 2000 by Darton Longman & Todd in the UK, and Smyth & Helwys in the USA), and more recently in After McDonaldization (Darton Longman & Todd and Baker Academic, 2008) I have suggested that Christianity has become over-rationalized in a way that prevents the message of Jesus from being heard by today’s people. There is a growing consensus among Christians of many different traditions that without radical reform, church as we know it has no future. But that need not be the end of the story. All over the world, the core values of Jesus’ teaching are being rediscovered. New forms of church are emerging in the most unlikely places beyond traditional church, but new life is also emerging and being nurtured in many traditional churches. In recent years I have been privileged to work with many groups of both sorts, on almost every continent.
Committed and courageous leadership can make a difference, but most church leaders have not been trained or equipped for this. While no one individual can accomplish this by themselves, after thirty years of working in theological education and in active Christian ministry at local level, I think I have learned a thing or two about this challenge.
Read on to see what I can offer to your church or ministry - and if it excites you, then please get in touch. I regularly work with churches of more or less every denomination: Anglicans (Episcopalians), Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, Reformed Churches, and in ecumenical settings. I also welcome opportunities to work with theological educators, whether in universities, seminaries, or colleges. I often work in both churches and seminaries in partnership with my wife, Olive Fleming Drane, who also has a postgraduate degree in theology, with a dissertation on the emerging church.
++++"They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel" --- Carl W Buechner++++
+++++++"Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" --- Jesus Christ+++++++
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