Church Community engagement in a Struggle town: A reflective account from Doveton Baptist Church

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Abstract

This paper explores community and government engagement by Doveton Baptist Church, a congregation in a suburb on the edge of Melbourne that emerged out of the postwar boom and has been shaped by the subsequent decline of manufacturing. The narrative that I present draws on an extended interview with the pastor of the Church that explored in a reflective way the nature and impact of the Church’s engagement with the community and government and the relationship of that engagement to the mission of the congregation. The involvement of the congregation extends beyond welfare provision into community building more generally. Important themes that emerge are the entanglement of Church and state at a local government level and the porous boundaries between welfare provision, community building and the Church’s mission. The theological account of that mission is Christologically grounded in the life of the congregation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-31
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Mission Studies
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

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