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Contextualised Church

Michael Moynagh talks about the importance of not only contextualising the gospel but the church..

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This talk was filmed at a national consultation, entitled, 'A Relevant Gospel: How should we contextualise the message for our 21st century Britain?' It is the second in a series of five events taking place as part of the Evangelical Alliance's 'Confidence in the Gospel' initiative'.

Download a synopsis of this video, along with questions for discussion.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Why is it important that we contextualise the Church? Can we think of examples from our own experience when the Church has been contextualised well? And what about examples of when the Church has not been contextualised appropriately?
  2. Who are the people that our Church is 'well contextualised for' and for whom is it not well contextualised for? Are we OK with this situation or do we think we need to rethink certain aspects of our church?
  3. Identify something our church does that could be changed to better contextualise to the community we are working with. Discuss some of the possibilities of ways we could do things different, using the four boundaries to guide us.
  4. Which group of people in our community would find it very difficult to engage with Church in its current form? (Don't just think about our own church, but also other churches in the area.) What needs to happen in order to reach out to these people?