The church does not have a social ethic; the church is a social ethic. Stanley Hauerwas “Missional Church” is like “Female Woman”.Christopher Wright How might we better understand and participate in God’s mission in western culture? That is the question...Read more
Alan begins his keynote by affirming God’s creative engagement in our world of destructive social patterns, brokenness and oppression...
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was traveling to Harlem and around the US in 1930, and it was there, in the neighborhood of Harlem that he said, ‘I moved from phraseology to reality.’ Current ecclesial speech in the US is around phraseology and...Read more
In recent years, some scholars have shifted their focus from missional ecclesiology to mission spirituality, by making authentic discipleship the starting point of missional thinking. From this perspective, it is not churches but people that participate in the mission of...Read more
Monastic Practices and the Missio Dei: Towards a Socially-Transformative Understanding of Missional Practice from the Perspective of the Northumbria Community
To be a missional people means to live according to the reality of the presence of the kingdom of God that is now at hand. This radical call to missional living requires us to practice intentional spiritual disciplines...
Spiritual formation is a critical dimension of the missional conversation overdue for further development within a missional framework. This essay helpfully reframes spiritual disciplines from a primarily private, individualistic view toward a socially-engaged, kingdom perspective. It grounds this reframing in...Read more
What practices can sustain missional practice and spiritual vitality among church planters? Taking cues from Ignatius of Loyola this article proposes a rule of life for a church planting order...
As a church planter, I found Mr. James’s article helpful and relevant. I was particularly captivated by his reference to David Bosch’s observation that missionaries and church planters are often spiritual “misfits” at home, and the mission field (or church...Read more
This article defines community as ‘a sense of belonging that is the fruit of common commitments and personal investment’ and explores the art and nature of community building for mission within the context of a rapidly fracturing, individualising and urbanising world...
It is with appreciation that I read this article asking a tantalizing, perhaps rhetorical question: ‘Are we post-community?’ While I don’t believe this is the case (the devil is in the question of what is meant by ‘community’). Barker is...Read more