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Author(s): Sara Savage, Eolene Boyd-Macmillan
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'...an excellent project and much needed. It will take thinking on pioneer ministry beyond how to get started and grapple with the issues of ongoing care of communities, conflict and discipleship.' Revd Dr Steve Croft, Archbishop's Missioner Until now, Fresh Expressions has been about starting and sustaining mission initiatives among people with little or no church contact. As these projects mature, pastoral problems easily arise - how do you integrate the old with the new? How do you get an established congregation to change it views and practices? How do you cope with conflict? What if newcomers challenge set patterns of church behaviour rather than conform with them? The publication is structured for use for training in local churches, theological colleges and as a research tool in postgraduate study.
DR SARA SAVAGE co-authored the influential report Making Sense of Generation Y (Church House Publishing).
'The first text book for the mixed economy arrived on my desk this month and it's brilliant. The Human Face of the Church: a social psychology and pastoral theology resource for pioneer and traditional ministry is by Sara Savage and Eolene Boyd Macmillan and published by Canterbury Press. It has excellent chapters on conflict, team-work and empowering leadership. My favourite so far is on Difficult People...'Revd Dr Steven Croft, Archbishops' Missioner and Leader of Fresh Expressions'I am discovering so much to chew over in this book that I am working through it more slowly than I had anticipated (extremely readable though it is). So although I have not read all of it yet, it seems well worth flagging up: I have already found more than enough to realise that many others in the networks will find useful material and insights here. It raises a range of issues relating to group process / teamwork / congregational relationships / empowering leadership issues. It could be invaluable to those involved in local and shared ministry / IME 4-7 / parish development / Reader and pastoral assistant training etc. This is a book that draws together a wide range of models and theories from social science and psychology, and applies these to church contexts. There are plenty of long established sources, and some material that may be familiar to many (e.g. Belbin and team roles / Speed Leas and conflict), but it is invaluable drawing these together in one place. The first section of the book relates to Groups, aiming to help "understand faith communities as dynamic systems, replete with social processes that sometimes takes on a life of their own…. This understanding underpins change management, open communication, conflict resolution, empowering leadership and healthy teams". The second part focuses on relationship, and includes a chapter on 'Growing Faith' including children too and a useful reflection on Fowler's stages of faith, though not really noting other literature from learning / education perspectives. The third part offers a particular model for church consultancy - which contains ideas I suspect will seem less unfamiliar to many adult educationalists than to the students originally asked to undertake this project. There is also an appendix including a range of questionnaires. Unlike books that offer quick-fix "do-it-like-this" instructions about how to sort out issues in the church, this is a book that encourages understanding of the underlying issues: it is written in a way that encourages intelligent engagement, with helpful boxes suggesting 'discussion points' and 'Pause for thought'. The subtitle and the blurb make a point of mentioning Fresh Expressions and pioneer ministry, and some not working with this focus may not immediately register the wide usefulness of this book: many of the comments that are made about pioneer ministry and doing things differently could equally well apply to many local ministry situations too. ' Howard Worsley commented " This is a book that will be used. It's got many of the models I have found most useful, and I like the style" Adult Education Friday Mailing December 2007 '... several people said how useful they found The Human Face of the Church, Sarah Savage and Eolene Boyd-Macmillan , described by one as a "Must have". Joanna Cox's Adult Education Mailing, April 2008'The great strength of this book is its stated purpose. It gives the framework through which fresh expressions and new forms of church can be understood and then welcomed into the lifeblood of a growing and emerging church.' Malcolm Grundy, Director of the Foundation for Church Leadership.