Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Missional Church

"Missional Church" is a hot topic at present, and almost everyone in church leadership says that they are committed to church being 'missional'. But what does the term mean? And what implications does it actually have for how we understand church and, more importantly, how we live as a church? Like lots of these kind of terms, "missional" has a history and comes from a specific discussion. A key figure in the development of missional thought about church is Leslie Newbigin (1909-1998), a Church of Scotland missionary in India who, in light of his Indian experience, challenged the churches of Europe to give up the idea that they lived in Christendom and to start thinking and acting as missionary churches.

On 25th May PTC will host a lecture on Missional Church entitled "For the sake of the world: a missional ecclesiology" by Mike Goheen from Trinity Western University in Canada. Mike is a popular speaker in North America on the topic and is a well published author. His PhD was a study of the theology of Leslie Newbigin. I am expecting that Mike's lecture will be worth hearing for at least three reason. First, he will get beyond 'missional' being a cliche and explain what the term means for people who have taken Newbigin seriously and show how it actually challenges what we think about church (not just giving us a new name for old practices). Second, Mike brings a distinctively Reformed view of the issue. Third, he won't leave the discussion in the realm of 'theory' but will talk about how it should change church life.

For a fascinating afternoon reflecting on church and God's mission and the implications for our churches join us at PTC. The lecture will run from 2-3:15pm and will be followed by afternoon tea. The cost is $10, simply pay at the door.

1 comment:

Fongster said...

Any idea if the talks will be posted? Reason being I'm not in Sydney but would be pretty interested to hear what Goheen has to say. I've read his Living at the Crossroads (co-authored with Craig Bartholomew), and I think there is no better introductory text to Worldviews than that!