Missional Community Establishment and Development

Introductory, Training and Equipping Seminars

These can be arranged, at locations to suit, for those who are already involved in, or interested in developing, Missional Communities and Networks.

Please contact either-

0410492546 or-

unboundedchurch@gmail.com

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Unbounded Church booklets available for free download.

(They all are the intellectual property of Martin J. Bragger. If used, please credit the source.)

Unbinding the Church: Missional Realities and Better Options

Something Completely Different – The Mixed Economy Option

Gleanings From Those Already on the Road

“Unbinding the Church: Missional Realities and Better Options”

This 93-page booklet gives a full explanation of the Unbounded Church concept, and includes an analysis of reasons for falling church attendance and the now decades long lack of missional success.

It specifically uses the large Sydney Anglican Diocese as a case study but the issues and proposed ways forward are highly relevant to the wider church of all denominations. The specific and urgent need for change is emphasised.

A particular concern is the need to release the New Testament legitimated principles for Christian Community in order to facilitate more fruitful mission in postmodern western cultures and appropriate approaches to mission.

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Something Completely Different: The Mixed Economy Option

The general subject of this booklet is the Missional Malaise that now infects the whole Australian church landscape. The specific subject is the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, arguably still the strongest part of the Australian non- Catholic Church. However, while the specific focus is Sydney, the issues and challenges faced, and the causes of those challenge are common to the Australian church as a whole.

Other denominations and independent churches can substitute their own growth, attendance and regional population statistics in order to draw their own conclusions, which in any case are likely to be very similar. The discussion in Section 3 is useful for diagnosing some of the major causes of the Missional Malaise in any section of the church.

The Missional Community Network proposal in Section 4 is a potential way forward for any local church of any denomination or none.

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Gleanings From Those Already on the Road

The purpose of this paper is to inform and stimulate current discussions on improving our missional fruitfulness. It draws on the experiences and thinking of those who have already travelled some of the journey, and in part may help us avoid reinventing the wheel, or worse the ‘Square Wheel’.

It is intended to provide an initial selection of research grounded key findings, comments and observations which are of particular relevance to consideration of the development of Missional Communities in Australia. It particularly draws on the very comprehensive and wide-ranging research carried out by the 2013 ‘Church Army Research Unit’ in the United Kingdom in a twenty-year longitudinal study of ‘Fresh Expressions of Church’ (FxC) established in ten Anglican Dioceses.

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