Reinventing Church


Stories of hope from four Anglican parishes

By: James Collins, Helen Collins and Douglas Ezzy
Pages: 216
Publisher: Morning Star Publishing
Dimensions: 148mm x 210mm
ISBN: 9780994470737

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Reinventing Church is a story of hope in the context of change, loss, and sadness. Four Anglican communities of faith in Tasmania, Australia (New Norfolk, Channel/Cygnet, St Helens, and Hamilton) faced long-standing decline and the possibility of closure.  Instead, they chose to adopt a new type of ministry called “Enabler Supported Ministry” where local Christians voluntarily take on the work of parish ministry. In so doing, they forged a new future for themselves. This study is unique in revealing a hopeful alternative to the story of decline common to many Christian parishes in Australia, both rural and urban, and from all denominations. Something different, positive and healthy can be created for both the parish and the wider community. This is a story of how choosing and implementing a different model of being church produced hope.

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James Collins, Helen Collins and Douglas Ezzy


Morning Star Publishing


148mm x 210mm



About the authors

Reverend James Collins is Rector at St Paul’s, Burwood, in Sydney commencing in February 2011 and has a PhD in Sociology. He was ordained in 1987 and worked in Tasmania from 2001 to 2011 where he was Rector of the Parish of St Mary’s, Moonah, and was an Enabler in the Parishes of New Norfolk, Break O’Day, Channel/Cygnet, Hamilton and Brighton.

Helen Collins holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Tasmania that examined contemporary responses to depression.

Douglas Ezzy is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania, President of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion, and editor of the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion. He is the author of numerous academic books and articles on contemporary religion.