ISSN (printed): 1744-1366. ISSN (electronic): 1745-5316.
This journal is designed to meet the growing demand for theological resources in the area of ecclesiology the scholarly study of the nature and purpose of the Christian Church. Ecclesiologys main areas of focus will be:the broad mission of the Church in the world, including its evangelistic task; its interaction with increasingly secular cultures and pluralist societies in the West, and with other faiths;ordained and lay ministries of word, sacrament and pastoral responsibility in the Church; their authority, message, ordering and required skills;the visible unity of the Church, expressed in a common faith, an interchangeable ministry, a common sacramental life in Christian initiation and the Eucharist, and in connected structures of leadership, oversight and decision-making.Reflecting the rich diversity of the Christian Church, the journal is committed to publishing articles from the following perspectives:international: with contributions from around the world on themes of interest to a global church;ecumenical: including articles drawn from across the denominations, commissioned by a specially selected ecumenical editorial team;interdisciplinary: taking a broad approach to ecclesiological issues, encompassing in biblical studies, church history, historical and contemporary theology, applied theology and social ethics;practical: combining scholarly depth and rigour with clear relevance to current issues facing the churches, in a way that appeals to anyone involved in the day to day life of the church as well as to teachers of theology and other scholars.Committed to reviewing major new publications, the journal will take an imaginative approach to book reviews, with adequate space allocated for review articles of related titles, in depth evaluation of significant theological publications, and an occasional dialogue between author and reviewer.
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