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Liquid Church Paperback – Bargain Price, April 1, 2001
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"Ward presents a practical ecclesiological vision and connects its message both with the insights of contemporary sociological and theological authors." -- R.E.: Religious Education, April 2004
"Ward urges us to embrace a dynamic vision of the church, flowing in response to the Spirit. -- Youthministry
"Whatever form church takes in the future, it will need to be more fluid." -- Regents Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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--Mike Kelly, youth ministry professional --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Here's what I mean. Ward clearly and coherently articulates the pulse of our Western culture's shift from modernity (solid) to postmodernity (liquid). Often, he refers to the present as 'liquid modernity'. The solid ice of modernity is melting away, resulting in some big ice chunks left floating about an increasingly fluid culture. It's a helpful metaphor that effectively frames his thoughts throughout the book.
Ward's recommendation is that the church must become liquid in order to reach a liquid culture. Solid church (aka, Church as we've always known it), centered on a weekly congregational gathering, is completely irrelevant to a liquid culture that no longer utilizes a regular, weekly, social gathering as its primary method of communication and community formation. Instead, liquid culture relies on networks, communication processes based on hubs (affinity-based gathering beyond a Sunday morning service) and connecting nodes (methods of communication/participation in the network).
So how do we be the church given postmodernity's fluidity. The fundamentalist will inevitably claim: Stay firm. Keep doing the things we've been doing. The 'liquid' believer will see what God is doing in the waters of culture and seek to engage it.
One other point worth noting: Ward has an interesting take on need vs. desire and the church's role in the debate.Read more ›
Liquid Church is written by Dr. Pete Ward who teaches at King's College in London. Dr. Ward teaches in the area of popular culture and theology, and he has written on these topics as well well as on various aspects related to youth ministry.
My interest in reading Liquid Church, like that of Neil Cole's Organic Church (Jossey-Bass, 2005), is to gauge the extent to which those in the emerging church are aware of broader cultural trends in the West, how church forms may be reconceptualized in post-modernity, and the extent to which contemporary authors are interacting with various academic disciplines in order to help the church understand and respond to cultural challenges. In this regard I was pleased to see Dr. Ward not only consider issues of theology and ecclesiology, but also the insights provided by sociology and cultural studies.
The central thesis of Ward's book is a contrast between what he describes as "solid church" forms and "liquid church." Ward draws upon the writing of Zygmunt Bauman who explores contemporary Western culture and who notes that modernity has produced institutional expressions of church that tend to be more solid and rigid.Read more ›
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To start with, he asks whether the church is part of the problem – it puts people off - or part of solution – we need it for outreach in whatever form. Our bishops etc. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
Pete Ward, Liquid Church (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2002)
Reviewed by Darren Cronshaw
Ward, a researcher and teacher of popular theology and culture at King's... Read more