Transforming mission of the late David J Bosch of South Africa, is an excellent guide to study the biblical view on mission, the historical development of the mission concepts, and the variety of contemporary missionary views.
Author: David Jacobus Bosch
Transforming mission of the late David J Bosch of South Africa, is an excellent guide to study the biblical view on mission, the historical development of the mission concepts, and the variety of contemporary missionary views. This opus magnum not only bridges gaps between Roman Catholics and Protestants, as well as between Ecumenicals and Evangelicals, but also stimulates to do more in depth missiological studies and to develop more suitable missionary activities. Jan AB Jongeneel, Professor of Missiology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
'Transforming Mission' is widely recognized as a historic and magisterial contribution to the study of mission.
Author: David J. Bosch
'Transforming Mission' is widely recognized as a historic and magisterial contribution to the study of mission. Examining the entire sweep of Christian tradition, David Bosch shows how five paradigms have historically encapsulated the Christian understanding of mission.
Missiology permeated with theological reflection. This volume is the culmination of Van Engen's teachings, but takes us to an even deeper level.
Author: Charles Van Engen
Publisher: William Carey Library Publishers
Missiology permeated with theological reflection. This volume is the culmination of Van Engen's teachings, but takes us to an even deeper level. Since mission is first and foremost God's mission, theological reflection must be permeated by missiological understanding and our missiology must be permeated with theological reflection. Mission theology is an activity of the Church of Jesus Christ seeking to understand more deeply why, how, when, where, and wherefore the followers of Jesus may participate in God's mission, in God's world.
This is not a new idea—the concept of a parish is as old as Paul's letters to the various communities of the ancient church.
Author: Paul Sparks
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
2015 Christianity Today Award of Merit (The Church/Pastoral Leadership) 2014 Readers' Choice Awards Honorable Mention 2014 Best Books About the Church from Byron Borger, Hearts and Minds Bookstore "When . . . faith communities begin connecting together, in and for the neighborhood, they learn to depend on God for strength to love, forgive and show grace like never before. . . . The gospel becomes so much more tangible and compelling when the local church is actually a part of the community, connected to the struggles of the people, and even the land itself." Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight J. Friesen have seen—in cities, suburbs and small towns all over North America—how powerful the gospel can be when it takes root in the context of a place, at the intersection of geography, demography, economy and culture. This is not a new idea—the concept of a parish is as old as Paul's letters to the various communities of the ancient church. But in an age of dislocation and disengagement, the notion of a church that knows its place and gives itself to where it finds itself is like a breath of fresh air, like a sign of new life.
More than one quarter of the world's people have little or no opportunity to hear the gospel. While few of the unreached care to investigate the claims of Christ, they are concerned about their own economic advancement. This is an opportunity for the gospel. On Kingdom Business proposes a new model for using business in missions: kingdom entrepreneurship. Kingdom entrepreneurs are “job-makers,” starting for-profit businesses of all sizes—real businesses that meet real needs. On Kingdom Business provides a conceptual foundation for kingdom entrepreneurship and explores its contemporary development using case studies of kingdom businesses and reflecting on the lessons kingdom entrepreneurs have already learned. “Probably nowhere can you find the range of actual examples and keen insights offered by the spectrum of contributors to this landmark book. We are deeply indebted to both the contributors and the editors for so stout and comprehensive a set of documents, on so crucial and yet baffling a challenge.” — Ralph D. Winter, President, William Carey International University “Forthright, practical, and compelling! On Kingdom Business addresses the tough questions surrounding profit making in the name of Christ, and convincingly validates the fact that authentic ministry can indeed take place within the context of authentic business.” — Christian Overman, Executive Director, Worldview Matters, Inc. “Kingdom entrepreneurship has come of age as global Christian businessmen and women unite to extol the virtues of investing in God's kingdom. On Kingdom Business is definitely recommended reading for discerning Christians committed to Great Commission ministry.” — John Vong, Research Director, Geneva Global, Inc. “Businessmen and women are fulfilling the Great Commission by more than giving money. On Kingdom Business tells their stories and reveals the methodologies that work in today's world.” — John H. Warton, Jr., International Director, Business Professional Network “Business is not a necessary evil or a cover for the 'real work' of missions but a way to create investments, jobs, economic vitality, and a hearing for a credible gospel. It is hard work, but these pages are filled with the examples and learnings of extraordinary men and women—evangelistic entrepreneurs.” — Fred Smith, President, The Gathering “Today's mission context demands the mobilization of tens of thousands of businessmen and women committed to spreading the gospel through genuine business. On Kingdom Business reveals several best practice models and discusses key issues related to kingdom entrepreneurship.” — Chuck Madinger, Missions Pastor, Southland Christian Church, Lexington, Kentucky
Subversive Spirituality links the practice and study of Christian spirituality with Christian mission.
Author: L Paul Jensen
Publisher: ISD LLC
Subversive Spirituality links the practice and study of Christian spirituality with Christian mission. It develops a twofold thesis: grace, spiritual disciplines, and mission practices are inseparably linked in the mission of Jesus, of the early church, and of several historical renewal movements, as well as in a contemporary field research sample; and amidst the collapse of space and time evidenced by our culture's increasingly hurried pace of life, more time and space are needed for regular solitary and communal spiritual practices in church, mission, and leadership structures if Christian mission is to transform people and culture in our time. This requires a subversion of the collapsed spatial and temporal codes that have infected our Christian institutions. Jensen employs methods and approaches from a variety of academic disciplines to explore both spirituality in terms of space and time and mission in terms of deed and word. Specifically, Jensen examines the spirituality and mission of Jesus, the early church, the apostolic fathers, Origen, the Devotio Moderna, the early Jesuits, David Brainerd, and several women in 19th century Protestant missions. He considers the spirituality and mission that have arisen within the postmodern generations born after 1960. Based on the theological, historical, cultural, and field analyses of this study, a model for spirituality and mission is proposed. The model addresses the contemporary collapse of space and time and appears to havewidespread applicability to diverse cultures and eras. Jensen's model is applied to the pluralistic and postmodern milieu of North America with recommendations for spirituality and mission in church, mission, and educational structures. A derivativemodel for teaching and practicing spirituality and mission in the academy, which also has application for non-formal leadership development structures, is also proposed.
Transforming. Mission. Sherron. K. George. I chose the title for this essay as a
tribute to South African David J. Bosch, ... Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts
in Theology of Mission, enabled me to integrate my missionary experience and ...
Author: Patricia Lloyd-Sidle
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
This book is a collection of eleven essays about the practice of mission. The first section, titled "Feet First," is about the way in which Christian practices, many of them taken for granted, shape mission. The next section deals with the issue of transformation in mission work and the related concerns of mutuality, solidarity, and marginality. The third section takes up the situation of the relation of Christianity to other religions. Finally, the last four essays take up spirituality as an inward and outward event, doing mission in the context of North America, and finally the development of a new theological identity based on the image of God as a missionary God.