Includes bibliographical references (p. 150-164) and indexes.
"The report begins with an analysis of the current cultural context of the Church of England's mission. It then outlines the history of church planting in England, with special emphasis on developments since the publication of 'Breaking New Ground' in 1994. After addressing issues of definition, the reports offers descriptions and analysis of a number of 'fresh expressions of church' that have emerged in response to the changing missionary context. Following the description of the current situation, Chapter 5 offers a theological framework for the Church of England in mission. The remainder of the report proposes a missionary methodology for church planting and for the Church in mission, and makes practical recommendations for the future". -- Intro., p. xii.
Contents: Foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury / Rowan Cantuar [i.e. Williams] -- The Mission-shaped Church Working Group -- A Note on the Discussion Questions -- Introduction by the Chair of the Working Group dated September 2003 / Graham Maidstone [i.e. Cray] -- Changing contexts -- The Story since Breaking New Ground -- What is Church Planting and Why Does it Matter ? -- Fresh Expressions of Church -- Theology for a Missionary Church -- Some Methodologies for a Missionary Church -- An Enabling Framework for a Missionary Church -- Recommendations -- Notes -- Appendix: Useful Resources -- General Index -- Index of Biblical References.
Each chapter includes "Some questions for discussion".
Mission and public affairs
Church of England. Mission and Public Affairs Council
Church of England. Mission-shaped Church Working Group