The development of youth congregations has been a significant feature of recent youth evangelism. But are they just an ill-thought out exercise in missionary pragmatism, or a shape of church to come? In a powerful tour of recent thinking on church, culture and mission, Graham Cray demonstrates how this pattern of church is not simply a response to the needs of young people, but to the radical changes in culture in the last 20 years. Here, as with the early church, mission is shaping ecclesiology instead of the other way round - which must be the future of the church.
It will be essential reading for all concerned with either youth discipleship or future ways of being church.
Voted most popular title in the Church Growth and Resources category of the 2003 UK Christian Book Awards.
Author: Rt Revd Graham Cray
Graham is Bishop of Maidstone. He was formerly Vicar of St Michael-le-Belfrey in York, and then Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He is chairman of the Soul Survivor Trust and chaired the working party which produced 'Mission-Shaped Church'.