At the Margins
Updated: Jul 17, 2019
Regarding the opportunity for missional engagement, the church in a postmodern society has been pushed to the margins. This provides an opportunity, which can be illustrated by employing the language of anthropologist Victor Turner. The church in western culture is at a point of liminality. Liminality is a condition of transition from one position or role in culture to another. For example, the movement from adolescence to adulthood is a point of liminality. At such times one struggles with issues of identity and meaning. The church has lost its dominant position and is currently at the margins. As it struggles with its identity, the opportunity is available to recover a missionary self-consciousness. And maybe it is just there--at the margins--that the Western church can again learn to become missionary.