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Disciples and gurus

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I’ve just had a bit of a diversion from normal writing service. I’ve spent most of this week editing a conference paper. It’s by an evangelical pastor who basically ran out of time and steam and wanted me to knock it into shape for him – so it was a creative editorial job, basically.

It’s a really inrersting topic. He spent some time discussing the nature of ‘discipleship’ – i.e. following in the footsteps of the disciples of Jesus Christ. He then wrote to 150 evangelical pastors in the UK and asked them to fill out a questionnaire about how they see discipleship in terms of their ministry in their churches. The results are actually quite surprising. The author was showing that there’s a tension within evangelicalist movements at the moment. Should the main aim of such ‘seeker’ churches be getting as many people as possible to convert to Christianity, or is it more about getting ‘good’ Christians who really understand what they’re believing? Is it a numbers game or a project of spiritual enrichment and development? Which is more important – quantity or quality?

The author of the paper suggests that there need to be some changes in the way such churches operate and, while he’s fully committed to the principles of evangelism, recommends some pretty major reforms for the church.

I got this piece of work through guru.com, the free online service marketplace for freelancers. If you’ve got a trade and you want to show yourself to the world, then get yourself on there. And if you’ve got a piece of work you need doing, then stick it on there and see who bids.

Or if it’s a writing/editing job, give me a call!

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