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contents Foreword by Brian McLaren ..9 Introduction ..13 1. Intelligent Church ..15 2. Inclusive Church ..31 3. Messy Church ..47 4. Honest Church ..63 5. Purposeful Church ..79 6. Generous Church ..91 7. Vulnerable Church ..103 8. Political Church ..117 9. Diverse Church ..133 10. Dependent Church ..147 11. Transforming Church ..161 Afterword ..173 Acknowledgements ..175 About Faithworks ..177 Bibliography ..185
Steve Chalke, MBE, is the founder of the Oasis Trust, Oasis Media, and Oasis Community Learning, charitable operations that address a broad range of needs. He also founded Parentalk, an organisation dedicated to inspiring and equipping parents; and the Faithworks Movement, created to build the most effective social action network in the UK. Chalke is the senior minister of Christ Church & Upton, now known as Church.co.uk, Waterloo, London. A part of Oasis, the church aims to remain open around the clock as the physical hub for a steadily growing global virtual community. Chalke was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List 2004 for his services to social inclusion. He has presented his own television series for ITV and BBC as well as a regular show on Radio 4. He writes monthly columns for Prima Baby and Christianity magazine, and is the author of over thirty books. He and his wife, Cornelia, have four children. Anthony Watkis is a graduate of London School of Theology. He is a professional writer and works with Oasis UK.