‘A church as we haven’t known it for a society as we haven’t known it’
In these times of rapid change, there is a serious missional malaise gripping the Australian church. The evidence for this is the now well documented decline in the number of disciples being made across the denominational spectrum. It is this that has led to the concept of the ‘Unbounded Church’.
Unbounded Church is the idea that the church in the Australian/Western culture needs to be unbound, freed from the rigid and inflexible ‘Christendom’ forms and structures which bind it. We must remove the physical and cultural walls between it and the socio-spiritual multiverses that make up contemporary western society.
Mary was well into her eighties when I was asked to make a pastoral visit by the minister of the church I was attached to at the time. She had been attending the same church ever since her parents took her along to be baptised as a baby. It was there that she had met…