Ministry stems from mission for if our life is focused on ministry then it is very unlikely that we will ever engage in mission. But if the focus of our life is on mission then ministry will simply be the means of fulfilling that mission in a given context. Paul was called to be a missionary to the Gentiles. That was his mission, however, Paul in order to fulfil his mission, developed a number of contextual strategies which when implemented enhanced his grassroots ministry. M
In grappling with various issues related to mission I have discovered that keywords are important in helping me to understand the way God uses his people in the world he has called us to engage. Two such words that are used in the discipline of missiology are: ‘futurum’ and ‘adventus’. ‘Futurum’ is God working out his purposes in and through the everyday events of life, by that his work and reign is extended. It is mission that progresses through the means of the ordinary and
While attending a Consultation in Melbourne, a few years ago, I should not have been surprised to discover so many people on the same page with respect to the need to develop post-everything missional communities. In interacting with students, over the past twenty years, I have found that many of them also recognise the need to create such communities. Yet seeing the need and making the transition from the church as it is to a church that is meaningful in a post-everything wo
In viewing the past with hindsight, we observe how it is often the unexpected, the unknown, the insignificant, the marginalised who lead the way towards the renewal of the Church in times difficulty. Indeed, the very process of institutionalisation hinders the renewal of the church by stifling creativity and replacing charismatic and creative leaders with traditional or institutional leaders. Stability and maintenance replace growth, creativity and mission as the objectives.