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God of the whenua : rural ministry in Aotearoa New Zealand

Author: Bill Bennett
Publisher: Wellington, N.Z. : Philip Garside Pub., ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The rural church has been profoundly affected by economic and social change, and by theological and liturgical revolution in the wider church. How have these forces for change affected rural congregations in Aotearoa New Zealand, and where are they heading in future? With an ecumenical scope, Bill Bennett looks in depth at the traditional churches that still maintain a rural presence and their ministries -  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
God of the whenua : rural ministry in Aotearoa New Zealand
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Bennett
ISBN: 0958268207 9780958268202
OCLC Number: 141477360
Description: vi, 128 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Foreword / John Bluck --
Preface --
1. Tangata whenua and manuhiri: land and ou cultural agendas --
2. Change and transformation in the rural community --
3. Change and transformation in the rural church --
4. Local ministry in transition: profiles of selected rural parishes --
5. Searching for a theology of land in Aotearoa New Zealand: Part one: biblical perspectives --
6. Searching for a theology of land in Aotearoa New Zealand: Part two: theology and Kiwi culture --
7. The rural church: finding a voice in today's world --
8. Looking beyond the foothills: discerning future trends in rural ministry --
Appendix 1: Questionnaire to rural parishes --
Appendix 2: Contributors to the questionnaire.
Responsibility: Bill Bennett.

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"The rural church has been profoundly affected by economic and social change, and by theological and liturgical revolution in the wider church. How have these forces for change affected rural congregations in Aotearoa New Zealand, and where are they heading in future? With an ecumenical scope, Bill Bennett looks in depth at the traditional churches that still maintain a rural presence and their ministries - Methodist, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and Anglican. He includes revealing profiles of several parishes and rohe (Maori districts). While he writes from a Pakeha perspective, Bennett also honours the unique theology and flavour of the Maori church. Bennett develops a theology of land in Aotearoa New Zealand, and a theology of mission and ministry that may be seen as a starting point for all who minister in rural areas. He flags the issues and developments that the rural church is facing and will meet in coming years."--Back cover.

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