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Towards an ethnically diverse British Methodist Church

Authors
  • Marsh, Jill
Type
Published Article
Journal
Holiness
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Apr 05, 2020
Volume
2
Issue
1
Pages
23–52
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/holiness-2016-0002
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Using a qualitative study of interviews with ministers who work in ethnically diverse British Methodist congregations, I explore the practices that encourage a sense of belonging together as one body in Christ and how these influence a congregation’s ethos. Analysing how the respondents see their own role in this work I argue that the key challenge is the enabling of power-sharing, to which ministers contribute but which they cannot determine alone. I conclude that the decisive factor is the willingness of the members to allow the whole body to be changed by those who are ‘other’ and ‘different’.

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