Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Graduation special

On Saturday I graduated Doctor of Philosophy. In celebration, I am offering a limited edition A5 size copy of my PhD, A New Way of Being Church.

thesis with title.jpg

How do religious groups respond to cultural change? Recent global events have seen a hardening along fundamentalist lines.

A New Way of Being Church is a world first, an indepth academic exploration of how the emerging church responds to cultural change. It asks the question; how effective is the emerging church as a postmodern expression of faith? It takes one particular church, the innovative Cityside Baptist Church in New Zealand. It surveys 48 members and discusses three months of worship innovation. It deeply engages with themes of community, creativity and culture, in dialogue with the gospel and with postmodern thinkers. It draws on interviews and visits with 13 alt.worship communities in UK.

The thesis argues that in response to contemporary cultural change, people are, in the words of French philosopher Michel de Certeau, “making do,” engaging in transformative processes to creatively subvert their surrounding context.

Three processes of “making do” were evident. Firstly, the use of a communitarian hermeneutic in which individual meaning was located within the narrative of the community. Secondly, the offering of imaginative space – both individual and communal – through practices of creative play, storytelling and creative pilgrimage. Thirdly, like a DJ, “tactics” of sampling from various cultural artefacts were used in order to renegotiate their relationship with gospel and culture.

Note: $NZ25 to cover printing costs plus P&P. (P&P approximately from NZ to USA or UK = $NZ20; From NZ to Australia = $NZ10, within NZ = $3.50)

Note: This offer lasts until the 24 September and the thesis will be sent at the end of September or on receipt of payment, whichever is the latest.

Note: Usual copyright applies.

Note: This offer assumes that the purchaser recognises that a PhD is a PhD, written for a select intellectual audience. A PhD is a demanding read and it bears little resemblance to my forthcoming book (due out February 05 with emergent YS).

Update: Credit card options for payment are now available.

Drop me your details if interested.

Feel free to use the accompanying graphic to advertise this on your blog.
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Posted by steve at 04:02 PM


  1. well done steve – congrats and all the other stuff that goes with it – see you at kingdom builders

    Comment by michael — August 24, 2004 @ 4:18 pm

  2. Definitely interested in a copy Steve. Email me re arrangements – what payment method is preferrable etc.

    Comment by dan — August 24, 2004 @ 7:29 pm

  3. Given Steve’s final note about this being a PhD, I’d have to say it’s very very readable; this will be especially true for those who read more ‘serious’ theological works. For what my opinion is worth, having read a large % of it,I’d have to say it’s a very IMPORTANT read for the many of us grappling with “new ways of being church.” Also wonderfully insightful with regards to Cityside Baptist (Auckland) and Mark Pierson (co-author of the Prodigal Project)who until recently was it’s pastor…

    Comment by Paul Fromont — August 24, 2004 @ 7:45 pm

  4. I would be interested in a copy as well. let me know what the payment details are (paypal??).

    Comment by gareth — August 24, 2004 @ 8:48 pm

  5. i’m interested in a copy too steve. as with the others, please advise about practicalities, finance, etc.

    Comment by tony — August 24, 2004 @ 10:37 pm

  6. Yep, me too, very interested in a copy. *chiming in with everyone else* Payment methods accepted?

    Ohhhhhhh, and…..CONGRATS 2U!!! The first beer is on me. :^D

    Comment by Rich — August 25, 2004 @ 3:50 am

  7. Count me in too if we can find an effective way to transfer funds -looks like it might be a good source for my PhD -if I ever get the title and scope fastened down!

    Comment by andii — August 25, 2004 @ 5:48 am

  8. Whoops! Congratulations btw.

    Comment by andii — August 25, 2004 @ 5:49 am

  9. me too. duh.

    Comment by JamesKjx — August 26, 2004 @ 12:24 am

  10. congratulations again, now it’s official!

    Comment by maggi — August 26, 2004 @ 9:21 pm

  11. congratulations!

    Comment by bobbie — August 27, 2004 @ 1:15 am

  12. Hi there,
    it’s my birthday soon so perhaps I could treat myself to a copy. Could you send me some details so I can get one from you?

    P.S. I didn’t get evicted from the vestry meeting after suggesting the creative centre/house of prayer, but there are a few shaking members (one of whom has offered to help me create a presentable plan specially for conservatives like himself).

    Comment by Andrew — August 28, 2004 @ 11:26 am

  13. And I should have said: tell me how to send money –
    I’d love a copy too.

    Comment by JamesKjx — August 31, 2004 @ 8:29 am

  14. Not sure if you got my email Steve, but add me to the list for a copy of your thesis A5 please. Hear how to pay later.

    Comment by Fyfe — September 1, 2004 @ 10:24 am

  15. Hi Steve, how about purchase of electronic copy? Thanks mate


    Comment by Jason Clark — September 3, 2004 @ 6:44 am

  16. Congrats Steve… interested in a copy as well. Let me know where to send payment.


    Comment by aaron — September 13, 2004 @ 11:05 am

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