God's Missionary People
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A world-claiming theology of the church draws an ancient and modern thoughts. The author focuses on how the church can grow to become in reality "God's missionary people."
Has the church lost its identity as a nation of priests? Can God's people catch a vision for the unique ministry God has given them? Charles Van Engen advances a fuller identification between the local congregation and the universal church.
He works through the realities of church life or denominational organization, but he seeks to present them in their kingdom perspective so Christians begin advancing a kingdom instead of maintaining a defensive fortress.
Chuck Van Engen (Doctorandus (1978), PhD (1981), Free University of Amsterdam) is the Arthur F. Glasser Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission and has taught in the School of Intercultural Studies since 1988.
Before coming to Fuller he was a missionary in Mexico, working primarily in theological education. He also taught missiology at Western Theological Seminary in Michigan and served as president of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America from 1998 to 1999.
A prolific author, Van Engen has published many books, chapters in books, and papers. His wide-ranging publications include Communicating Gods Word in a Complex World (2003, co-authored with Daniel Shaw); Fullness of Life for All (2003, edited with Inus Daneel and Hendrik Vroom); Announcing the Kingdom: The Story of Gods Mission in the Bible (2003, co-authored with Arthur Glasser, Dean Gilliland and Shawn Redford); Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions (2000, edited with Scott Moreau and Harold Netland); and Footprints of God: A Narrative Theology of Mission (1999, edited with Nancy Thomas and Robert Gallagher).