The Future Shapes of Anglicanism Currents, contours, charts
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.
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
"Percy offers other pointed criticisms of his church. For example, he questions the way in which central authorities seem to be amassing more and more power. He traces this in part to the tendency in British evangelical circles to elevate leading clergy to superstar status. ... Readers will find that Percy’s writings contain many wonderful asides from someone who is a careful observer." -- The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley, The Living Church