Positive complexity in growth in faith-sharing

Ian Robinson

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Mainline denominations have made many and long attempts to arrest their half century of decline. Following a systems approach, this paper begins by
introducing National Church Life Survey research on the nine core qualities of
vital congregations. It then evaluates their relative weight of influence over that
vitality. Highlighting the exceptional influence that is seen to come from
growing capacity for faith-sharing, the complexity of that task is demonstrated.
Theoretically, this means a positive complexity is possible. Thirdly, a few
examples will demonstrate how this same complexity can enable a positive
inter-operability of the Core Qualities
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-24
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of Mission Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019


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