The Mission of the Church
Leading Voices from across Christian Traditions Discuss the Mission of the Church What is the mission of the church? Every seminarian and church leader must wrestle with that question. No matter what designation a church uses to describe itself,...
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Leading Voices from across Christian Traditions Discuss the Mission of the Church
What is the mission of the church? Every seminarian and church leader must wrestle with that question. No matter what designation a church uses to describe itself, it must also think critically about why it exists and what it should be doing. In this book, five leading voices representing a range of Christian traditions engage in an enlightening conversation as they present and compare their perspectives on the mission of the church. Each contributor offers his or her view and responds to the other four views. Contributors include Stephen B. Bevans, Darrell L. Guder, Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Edward Rommen, and Ed Stetzer. The book's format is ideal for classroom use and will also benefit pastors and church leaders.
Edward Rommen (D.Theol., University of Munich; D.Miss., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is an Orthodox priest and pastor of Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the coauthor of Contextualization: Meanings, Methods, and Models.
Guder is the Peachtree Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Ed Stetzer (D.Min., Beeson Divinity School; Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) has planted churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia and transitioned declining churches in Indiana and Georgia. He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents. Ed served for three years as a seminary professor at the Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and has taught at fifteen other seminaries. He is currently the Director of Lifeway Research and Lifeway's Missiologist in Residence.
He has written the following books: Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age (2003), Perimeters of Light: Biblical Boundaries for the Emerging Church (with Elmer Towns, 2004),Strategic Outreach (with Eric Ramsey, 2005),Breaking the Missional Code (with David Putman, 2006), Planting Missional Churches (2006), Comeback Churches (with Mike Dodson, 2007), 11 Innovations in the Local Church (with Elmer Towns and Warren Bird, 2007), and most recently Lost and Found (Broadman), 2009).
Koorong -Editorial Review.
Craig L. Ott (Ph.D.,Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of mission and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He occupies the EFCA International Mission (EFCA-IM) Chair, which was established to better link the mission agency and seminary, integrating mission theory and practice.
After twenty-one years of missionary experience with the EFCA-IM in Germany as a church planter, consultant, and theological educator, he joined the Trinity faculty in 2002.
He is co-editor with Harold A. Netland of Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity (Baker Academic, 2006) and is author of Das Trainingsprogramm fr Mitarbeiter(Brunnen, 1996) and most recently Global Church Planting: Biblical Principles and Best Practices for Multiplication (Bakerbooks, 2010) with Gene Wilson.
Koorong - Editorial Review.
Stephen B. Bevans, SVD, is the Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Professor of Theology and Culture at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is the author of several books, including Models of Contextual Theology, An Introduction for Theology in Global Perspective, and co-author, with Roger Schroeder, of Constant in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today and Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today.
- <b>leading Voices From Across Christian Traditions Discuss The Mission Of The Church<br></b><br> What Is The Mission Of The Church? Every Seminarian And Church Leader Must Wrestle With That Question. No Matter What Designation A Church Uses To Describe Itself, It Must Also Think Critically About Why It Exists And What It Should Be Doing. In This Book, Five Leading Voices Representing A Range Of Christian Traditions Engage In An Enlightening Conversation As They Present And Compare Their Perspectives On The Mission Of The Church. Each Contributor Offers His Or Her View And Responds To The Other Four Views. Contributors Include Stephen B. Bevans, Darrell L. Guder, Ruth Padilla Deborst, Edward Rommen, And Ed Stetzer. The Book's Format Is Ideal For Classroom Use And Will Also Benefit Pastors And Church Leaders.