Is the Church of England dying? Is Anglicanism in much of the Global North on the way out? The answers to these questions are not simple.
Can "missional communities" only define themselves negatively against "traditional" parishes?
Does God the Trinity want you to form a rugby club? Or a parish? The C of E can't decide.
When I was growing up in church in the 1950s and 1960s I would often hear about how our congregation was connected to the work of missionaries. Basically, the idea was that there were two kinds of places in the world: one, like ours, where most people were Christians, and the other, usually far away, where most people weren’t.