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Bishop of Winchester's Lent Lectures with Revd Dr David Goodhew
Tue 21 March 2017, 09:30 – 15:45 GMT
Welcome to the booking page for the Bishop of Winchester’s Lent Lectures 2017, being held this year on Tuesday 21 March at Christ Church Winchester.
David Goodhew is Director of Ministerial Practice at Cranmer Hall, the Anglican theological college in Durham. Prior to this he was vicar of two parishes in York.
He oversees a research centre (the Centre for Church Growth Research) which was heavily involved in the Church of England's recent Church Growth Research Programme, Anecdote to Evidence.
Why it Matters and How it can Happen.
How do we grow as Christians and as churches? 'Church growth' rightly raises many questions. Is it merely 'an unspiritual bigging yourself up' as one Cranmer Hall ordinand once said? 'Growth' in the Christian life always includes growth in personal Christlikeness and growth of service to the wider community, but the New Testament, the Christian tradition and the Anglican Communion outside the UK are deeply enthusiastic about the numerical growth of churches. So how can we think about growing churches in a godly, theologically nuanced way? And if we can create a theology of church growth, what specific practices help congregations grow? Or is church growth a holy mystery? During the two Lent Lectures we'll work on a theology of church growth that could work for churches of all traditions and the actions that foster growing churches of all traditions.
Timetable for the day:
9.30-10:15 Registration and refreshments
10:15-10:30 Welcome, Introduction and Prayer – Bishop Tim
10:30-11:30 Church Growth: Why it Matters
11.30-11.50 Coffee Break
11:50-12:45 Group work, feedback and questions
1:45-2:45 Church Growth: How it can Happen?
2:45-3:20 Group work, feedback and questions
3:20-3:45 Closing prayers and worship