What is it about?

A lot of churches these days do not belong to denominations but they still have close relationships with other churches through 'networks'. How networks function is often poorly understood and this article examines why they are important and suggests they are not a passing phase.

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Why is it important?

Networks are here to stay. Older models of networked church see them as temporary, immature structures that will transition to become denominations or will die out. This article critiques previous models. It also emphasises the importance of an ideological commitment (particular in leaders) in the sustenance of networks.


I hope this will help people in networks strengthen their resolve to remain in such structures and will help others have a more nuanced approach to networked church.

Dr Richard John Roberts

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This page is a summary of: Networked Church, Pneuma, April 2020, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/15700747-04201002.
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