Churches who share their faith: A case study survey of the Baptist Union of Victoria

Darren Cronshaw, Ruth Powell, Nicole Hancock, Sam Sterland, Stacy Wilson, Ian Duncum

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Abstract

Australian National Church Life Survey (NCLS) findings reveal that a keycharacteristic of vitality in church life is willing and effective faith-sharing. Drawingfrom analysis of NCLS 2011 survey data of Victorian Baptists, and a small set of followup interviews, this article discusses where Victorian Baptist churches are at their best infaith-sharing practices among attenders—readiness to share faith, inviting people tochurch and faith-sharing in families; and faith-sharing programs and activities aschurches—in local church activities, evangelism training and processes for inclusion.These results are presented alongside results for participating churches of all faithtraditions. There is room for improvement in all these areas, and especially for VictorianBaptists in empowering families to share faith, fostering an invitational culture andproviding evangelism training. But where faith-sharing, willingness to invite andprocesses for inclusion are present, churches are more likely to show health and vitalityin a range of areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-119
Number of pages24
JournalAustralian E-Journal of Theology
Volume22
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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