Today, as Christendom weakens, worship and mission are poised to reunite after centuries of separation. But this requires the church to rethink both "mission" and "worship." In post-Christendom mission, God is the main actor and God calls all Christians to participate. In post-Christendom worship, the church tells and celebrates the story of God, enabling members to live in hope and attract outsiders to its many tables of hospitality.
In this passionate and thoughtful study, Alan Kreider and Eleanor Kreider draw upon missiology, liturgiology, biblical studies, church history, and the vast experience of today's global Christian church-to say nothing of their long tenure as teachers and writers in contemporary England and the United States. Academically responsible but also practical and accessible, Worship and Mission After Christendom is a much-needed guide for people who take seriously God's call to be the church in a world where institutional religion is no longer taken for granted.
About the Author
Alan Kreider (PhD, Harvard University) is professor emeritus of church history and mission at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. For many years he lived in England, where he was director of the London Mennonite Centre and later director of the Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent's Park College, Oxford University. Kreider has authored several books, including "The Change of Conversion and the Origin of Christendom "and "Worship and Mission after Christendom".
Eleanor Kreider is the author of several books and many articles on worship. She served with Mennonite Board of Missions (a predecessor agency of Mennonite Mission Network) in the United Kingdom from 1974-2004 She is co-compiler of Take Our Moments and Our Days (Vol. 1): An Anabaptist Prayer Book: Ordinary Time. With her husband, Alan, she is the co-author of Worship and Mission After Christendom (2011, Herald Press).