TS 510 Introduction to the Missional Church Movement. Three Big Questions:. What is a disciple & how do you make one?. Is the gospel that we preach & practice the same one that Jesus preached & practiced?. What is the mission of God?. Four Major Themes.
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It is God’s mission that has a church rather
than a church that has a mission.
Mission is understood as being derived from the very nature of God. The classical doctrine of the mission Dei (the mission of God) as God the Father sending the Son, and God the Father and the Son sending the Spirit is expanded to include yet another “movement”: Father, Son, and Spirit sending the church into the world. (Transforming Mission by David Bosch.)
The message of Jesus is centered on the
reign of God, which must be understood
as both already & not yet.
Jesus came “preaching/announcing the good news of the kingdom of God.”
“That is my mission”
(Luke 4:43 – Phillips)
“But we have instead been preaching ‘the plan of salvation.’”
Announcing the Reign of God
3. The missional church is an incarnational (versus attractional) ministry sent to engage a postmodern, post-Christendom, globalized context.
Contextualization is a key.
Mission is understood as being derived from the very nature of God. The classical doctrine of the Missio Dei as God the Father sending the Son, and God the Father and the Son sending the Spirit is expanded to include yet another “movement”: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit sending the church into the world.
From the book Transforming Mission
By David Bosch
Mission is the result of God’s initiative, rooted in God’s purposes to restore and heal creation.
“God’s mission is to set things right in a broken, sinful world, to redeem it, and to restore it to what God has always intended for the world.”
From the book Treasures in Clay Jars
Edited by Lois Y. Barrett
Ken Shuman D.Min.
The validity of the foreign missions enterprise was being called into question, and the discipline of missiology within theological education was becoming marginalized at the very same time it was becoming institutionalize.
2. Donald McGavran – The School of World Missions at Fuller Theological Seminary. The Church Growth Movement. This approach sought to reclaim the priority of the Great Commission.
3. The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization championed by the Billy Graham Association.
1. A transition from a “theology of mission” to “mission theology.” An effort to bring together evangelism and social concerns as part of the same holistic gospel.
2. Lesslie Newbigin retired in 1974 as a missionary to India and went home to Great Britain.
1. The Gospel and Our Culture Network emerged in the U.S.