To many people, the Church of England and worldwide Anglican Communion has the aura of an institution that is dislocated and adrift. Buffeted by tempestuous and stormy debates on sexuality, gender, authority and power – to say nothing of priorities in mission and ministry, and the leadership and management of the church – a once confident Anglicanism appears to be anxious and vulnerable. The Future Shape of Anglicanism offers a constructive and critical engagement with the currents and contours that have brought the church to this point. It assesses and evaluates the forces now shaping the church and challenges them culturally, critically, and theologically.
The Future Shape of Anglicanism engages with the church of the present that is simultaneously dissenting and loyal, as well as critical and constructive. For all who are engaged in ecclesiological investigations, and for those who study the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion, this book offers new maps and charts for the present and future. It is an essential companion and guide to some of the movements and forces that are currently shaping the church.
"The Future Shapes of Anglicanism by Martyn Percy, comes from a definite liberal (or “broad”) Anglican perspective, but the author’s in-depth knowledge of both the Church of England and global Anglicanism and blending of sociology and theology make the book an interesting exploration of this conflicted Christian tradition."
- ReligionWatch Vol. 32, No. 9 July 2017
"Of interest to historians is Percy's championing of a version of broad church Anglicanism. (…) [the books] principal critique of the management-driven model now being proposed by church leaders is likely to remain valuable for some time."
- J. Douglas Ousley, Church of the Incarnation, New York, US
Introduction: The Future Shape of Anglicanism
Part One: Currents, Contours, Charts
1. Growth and Management in the Church of England – Some Charts
2. New Currents in Executive and Archiepiscopal Leadership
3. The Emerging Contours of Archiepiscopal Leadership
Part Two: Money, Sex and Power – Divisions and Diversities
4. Future Possibilities for Funding the Ministry of the Church of England
5. Spartacus: Modelling Rebellion in the Church
6. Power in the Church? Congregations, Churches and the Anglican Communion
Part Three: Maps and Forecasts
7. Future Directions of Travel
8. Re-Charting the Church
9. Old Maps for New Territories
Conclusion: Back to the Future?
Coda: The Churchgoer’s Charter
The field of ecclesiology has grown remarkably in the last decade, and most especially in relation to the study of the contemporary church. Recently, theological attention has turned once more to the nature of the church, its practices and proclivities, and to interpretative readings and understandings of its role, function and ethos in contemporary society.
This series draws from a range of disciplines and established scholars to further the study of contemporary ecclesiology and publish an important cluster of landmark titles in this field. The series editors represent a range of Christian traditions and disciplines, and this reflects the breadth and depth of books developing in the Series. This series presents a clear focus on the contemporary situation of churches worldwide, offering an invaluable resource for students, researchers, ministers and other interested readers around the world working or interested in the diverse areas of contemporary ecclesiology and the important changing shape of the church worldwide.