The Revd Paul Moore is Vicar of St Wilfrid's Church, Cowplain, an Anglican church near Portsmouth, and a member of the team that launched the first Messy Church in 2004. In addition to being involved in running Messy Church, he has followed the development of Messy Church across the UK and worldwide, with a particular focus on research into the theological and practical aspects of nurturing faith and making disciples. Paul is also a Vocations Adviser for Portsmouth Diocese. When not getting messy, he enjoys listening to progressive rock and playing jazz saxophone.
Written with clarity and conviction, Making Disciples in Messy Church is a timely and helpful book for a movement that is deeply serious about discipleship. Drawing on biblical, monastic and catechetical approaches, the book contains much wisdom and inspiration for those seeking to make disciples in all forms of church, not just the phenomenon that is Messy Church. The affirmation of the places of family and community in discipleship formation is especially welcome. I warmly and wholeheartedly commend this book. Andrew Roberts, Methodist Minister and Director of Training for Fresh Expressions Discipleship is probably the biggest single issue the Church needs to grapple with in our present times. This book has some vital things to say on this central issue, not only to those interested in Messy Church but to all churches. My advice would be: read it, think about what you read and then apply it in your own situation. David Male, Director of the Centre for Pioneer Learning, Cambridge Messy Church is growing from a single fresh expression of church into a whole movement of mission. Making Disciples in Messy Church brings vital wisdom culled from scripture and from experience to all involved in making disciples. Its lessons are vital for all those engaged in Messy Church and for all those involved in making disciples. Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield The Messy Church movement is fantastic, helping connect people to Christ and his church through community and creativity. Paul has been on the journey with Messy Church since the start, and in this fascinating book shows how Messy Church is not only reaching people with the Gospel, it is raising up disciples across the world. Canon Mark Russell, CEO Church Army A joy to read and a contemporary Epistle from a Paul of our time, Making Disciples in Messy Church is a timely and essential read for all who are serious about building upon the good connections to the local community made through Messy Church and seeking how to making disciples in our contemporary age. Stephen Lindridge, Fresh Expressions Methodist Connexional Missioner Paul Moore writes out of first-hand experience. To this he brings deeper and wider thought. The book brings disparate things together in one place: various frameworks to assess progress in discipleship, lively material from a wide range of Scripture, some ecumenical perspectives and sensible questions to ponder. It ends with solid practical suggestions and knocks on the head the critique that Messy Church has no answers to questions of discipleship. It deserves to be read and applied. George Lings, Director of the Sheffield Centre