The Missional Church in Context
The missional church conversation continues to make a vital contribution to thinking about congregations and their contexts, addressing the essential question What does it really mean to be church? This book offers substantial, clarifying insights into that ongoing dialogue. ^Contributors:...
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The missional church conversation continues to make a vital contribution to thinking about congregations and their contexts, addressing the essential question What does it really mean to be church? This book offers substantial, clarifying insights into that ongoing dialogue. ^Contributors: Mark Lau Branson^ James Tzu-Kao Chai ^ Mary Sue Dehmlow Dreier^ Terri Martinson Elton^ Scott Frederickson^ Joon Ho Lee^ Gary M. Simpson^ Craig Van Gelder
There is an increasing realization in American churches that they are now their own mission field. In light of this awakening, many conversations have begun and work been contributed toward a solution. The Missional Church in Context addresses the realization and offers new insights. Based on the first annual Missional Church Consultation hosted by Luther Seminary, this book is organized into two sections. The first section consists of four essays explore the engagement of the missional church in relation to contextualization. Contributors explore biblical, theological, and historical dimensions regarding how the church is to engage in ministry within and to a specific cultural context. The second section examines four case studies in order to provide readers with concrete examples of how missional understanding of the church can be brought to bear on particular denominations and particular contexts. The Missional Church in Context will extend the conversation by taking it in new directions, while maintaining the foundations of what it means to be the church of Jesus Christ in the world.
Craig Van Gelder (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, PhD, University of Texas) is Professor of Congregational Mission at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, and the author of The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit. He is the editor of the The Gospel and Our Culture Series which includes four volumes The Church between Gospel and Culture: The Emerging Mission in North America,The Missional Church in Context: Helping Congregations Develop Contextual Ministry,Confident Witness --- Changing World: Rediscovering the Gospel in North America, and The Missional Church and Denominations: Helping Congregations Develop a Missional Identity.
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