Issue 31 of Manna is on its way.
‘Church attendance is falling!’ is a familiar headline, but in this issue of Manna we look beyond the headline and explore how the church is responding to our changing culture in exciting and creative new ways. Jonny Baker, who leads Church Mission Society pioneer training, is energised by the creative possibilities and he is not alone, as you find out in our feature ‘On the pioneering path’ where we hear from people from our diocese who, in various ways, have done church differently.
We also hear from diocesan Evangelism Team Leader, Tina Hodgett, who explains Fresh Expressions and asks, ‘what is church?’ That is a question we posed when we talked to others across the diocese and you can read their stories, My Church, throughout this issue.
It is a picture of church that differs greatly from the church that Dr Colin Green, who leads the MA in Theology, Imagination and Culture at Sarum College, joined in the 1960s, but is it a church for our time?