Carolyn Kinsman, 11/10/2017
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Seven sacred spaces

Seven sacred spaces - smallBy popular demand, Seven sacred spaces (originally Encounters on the Edge no. 43), written by George Lings, has been reprinted in colour and revised with up-to-date information.

In this book, George proposes that healthy monastic communities contain seven sacred spaces: cell, chapel, chapter, cloister, garden, refectory and scriptorium. He analyses what functions and features characterise these seven spaces, believing that this awareness will help all ways of being Church, including fresh expressions of Church, to grow in a more balanced way.

Seven sacred spaces can be ordered by emailing: ask@churcharmy.orgA print copy will cost £4 (including postage), and a PDF will be £2.40.



Snapshots - Stories From the Edge was a free downloadable booklet, in PDF form, which was released two or three times a year in 2014 and 2015. Each issue was written by George Lings and told the story of a particular fresh expression of Church, or explored the thinking within the relatively young discipline of creating fresh expressions of Church.

Click on each title to download the issue.

Encounters on the Edge

Encounters bookshelf - smallEncounters on the Edge was a series of quarterly booklets from Church Army's Research Unit, exploring the wide range of church plants and fresh expressions to come out of the Anglican Church in recent years. It ran from 1999 to 2012, reaching a total of 56 issues.

The majority of the issues were based on case studies (most in the UK, but some international), reflecting on good practice, and including strategic and theological commentary. Other issues covered generic subjects related to fresh expressions of Church.

55 of the issues are available at the following links as free PDF downloads. The reprint of issue 43,
Seven sacred spaces, is available to buy separately (see above).

Issues by theme

Alternative worship 12 Monastic 2953
Anglo-Catholic 1116 Multiple congregations 835
Arts and church 25 Network church 7194153
Café church 33, 34, 45 New towns 52
Cell church 3, 20, 28 New housing estates 23
Church planting 2, 6, 15 Older people 40
Community 114a 14b 14c, 37, 38, 51 Recovering addicts 17
Council estates 18 Reproducing churches 48
Ecclesiology (what is church?) 5 Rural 27284245
Ecology 26 School-based church 55
Exile (post-Christendom) 13 Simpler church 32
Evaluating fresh expressions of Church 50 Spare-time leadership 54
Grafts 10a 10b 10c Strategies for discernment in mission 30
HTB plants (Holy Trinity Brompton) 15 Students 49
Larger churches 47 Sweaty Church 56
Lay leaders 9a 9b 9c Sustainability 54
Leading fresh expressions of Church 36 Under 5s 31
Learning disabilities 44 Urban 14a 14b 14c39
Messy Church 46 Weekday church 11
Modal/sodal 53 Workplace church 24
Mission-shaped Church report 22 Youth church 124213648


Issues in order of release

Click here to see a list of all 56 issues in order of release, including download links.