Theology for a Learning Church: Christian Education, Lay Formation and the Language of “Discipleship”.
This lecture by Professor Elaine Graham, Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology, University of Chester, will examine the perennial tension between Christian education for the ‘gathered’ and ‘scattered’ church, and consider what patterns of learning and formation are best suited for the challenges facing the Church in the world today.
In an article published in 2012, David Goodbourn surveyed the state of adult theological education, commenting ‘those who join lay formation schemes come increasingly to see their own ministries in terms of church-based roles.’ Recent work on ‘lay leadership’ and ‘discipleship’ within the Church of England notes a similar challenge, of ‘setting God’s people free’ from clericalism in order to exercise a wider ministry as the Church in the world.
The lecture is organised by the Centre for Theology and Justice, a partnership of Christian Aid, Church Action on Poverty, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and Luther King House, Manchester.
This is an open event so there is no need to apply for a ticket.
Wednesday 9 May 2018, 3.45pm.
Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool