God's Belongers: How People Engage With God Today and How the Church Can Help
:God's Belongers should transform our thinking about what it means to belong to church. Uniquely, David Walker replaces the old and worn division between members and nonmembers with a fourfold model of belonging: through relationship, through place, through events, and...
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:God's Belongers should transform our thinking about what it means to belong to church. Uniquely, David Walker replaces the old and worn division between members and nonmembers with a fourfold model of belonging: through relationship, through place, through events, and through activities. From his extensive practical research, the author shows how belonging can encompass a far wider group of people than those who attend weekly services. This opens up creative opportunities for mission in today's world. In this excellent book David Walker brings together his considerable gifts as a first-rate mathematician and theologian in a highly accessible manner. The result is not only fascinating and thought-provoking: its insights have the potential significantly to renew the mission of the church in its efforts to make the love of God in Jesus known. I hope it will be very widely read. The Right Revd Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester
After a Maths degree at Cambridge, David Walker trained in theology in Birmingham. He served in churches in the dioceses of Sheffield before becoming Bishop of Dudley in 2000 and then in 2013 Bishop of Manchester. He is involved in writing a continuing series of papers for peer review journals and the International Society of Empirical Research in Theology, using quantitative methods to analyse aspects of rural Anglicanism. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Rural Theology Association, the Church of England Ministry Council and one of the Church Commissioners for England. He has contributed chapters to a number of books including Changing Rural Life: A Christian response to key rural issues (Canterbury Press, 2004), Rural Life and Rural Church: theological and empirical perspectives (Equinox, 2012), Exploring Ordinary Theology: everyday Christian believing and the Church (Ashgate, 2013). He has written papers for (amongst other journals) Rural Theology, the Journal of Beliefs & Values and the Journal of Anglican Studies. In 2014 he was awarded a PhD from the University of Warwick for the studies on which this book will be based.