The role of the church in the 21st century
Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century: A Comprehensive Guide for New Churches and Those Desiring Renewal by Aubrey MalphursIf the church is to thrive in the twenty-first century, it will have to take on a new form as it ministers to the 120 million unchurched people in the United States. Planting Growing Churches for the 21st Century is still virtually the only available text on church planting in North America and beyond.
In this third edition, readers will find material on the importance of healthy, biblical change in our churches, updated appendixes, insight on our postmodern ministry context, and strategies for reaching new population demographics such as Generations X and Y.
Pastors, ministry leaders, and church planters will find the information and advice found in this book invaluable as they carry out their ministries.
Christianity in the 21st century
Above is the cover image for the magazine. A picture of Pope Francis during World Youth Day in Brazil, with an enthusiastic and energetic crowd-young and old-reaching out to a joyful pope, who is reaching back out to them. This image offers a rich analogy for the Church in the contemporary world. Each of us called to stretch ourselves to form a more perfect Church in cooperation with grace in bringing about the Kingdom of God. The resources below will connect you to some of the topics highlighted in our current magazine. In addition, you can explore resources from previous C21 publications and programs that pertain to the ways in which we live our Catholicism.
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In our last issue of Just Thinking, I gave an overview of some major issues and concerns that have been central to western culture since its early beginnings, and which continue to affect both church and society to this day. First, when the church and individual Christians become so enamored with the spirit and rationale of the age that we or they eagerly conform to it and its standards; or second, when we are so repulsed by the standards and issues of the age that we seek to totally disengage and live as far removed from cultural issues or influences as is practically possible. The first approach leads to issues of adaptation and compromise; the second to isolation and irrelevance. We have seen and continue to see both at work in our day. Now I do not seek to attack the church or stand outside throwing stones, but rather as a serious believer and in empathy with these many others who are serious and committed, I seek to explore what is missing, some possible reasons why, and to ask, What is to be done?
The challenge for the Church in the 21 st Century. Understanding the religious culture of Ireland and its political impact today is not an easy task. It is not an easy task for those of us who were born and live in Ireland; it is not easy for people living in a different cultural background. I wish to reflect on changes in Irish religious culture today, changes that are not irrelevant to the situation in other parts of Europe. The Irish have every right to be proud of what was achieved by the Irish Church in history. Ireland is proud of the cultural contribution of the early Irish monasteries.
This book contributes to those reflections on religion that cropped up at the end of the millennium by offering a sobering, realistic, and hopeful assessment of where the church was at the turn of the millennium, and where the church is heading in the 21st century. The challenges facing the church are institutional, ethical, doctrinal, political, and cultural. They cut across different faith traditions, denominations, ethnic groups, and sectors of the population. They comprise the foundational issues that need to be considered even before more specific forecasts can be made and before attentio They comprise the foundational issues that need to be considered even before more specific forecasts can be made and before attention can be turned by religious bodies to the formulation of specific programs and plans.