Competing Worldviews: “Why Can’t You See the Gospel Like I Do?”

“Differing worldviews compete within me!” I was struck by this realization as I ministered to a small group of new Christians and seekers in Kenya during a time of famine. Crops were dying in the fields. Women were walking miles to carry water on their backs to their homes. Everyone realized that if rain did not come soon, current crops would wilt in the fields. We decided to conclude our time of fellowship, teaching, and discussion by beseeching... Read More

The Missional Helix—Cultural Analysis

In the previous missiological reflection, I described theological reflection as the beginning point of ministry. Missionaries (that is, all Christian leaders) must yearn to know the heart and motivation of God— what God is about in his world and why he is doing what he is doing—so that their ministry aligns with the purposes of God. Theology is always contextual—always done within the contexts of living cultures. Thus this reflection describes... Read More

Missions: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Strategies

The 2nd edition of Missions: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Strategies  (Zondervan/Harper Collins) is a handbook of missions, similar in some ways to Perspectives of the World Christian Movement, but written by one author, to describe the process of Christian servants becoming incarnational leaders planting and nurturing missionary movements. This 2nd edition has eight new chapters which provide models and illustrations from both domestic... Read More

The Missional Helix—An Overview

I was sitting in a small group of pastors, church planters, and ministry leaders at a 3dm Learning Community, discerning what God was telling us about steps forward in ministry.  David described to our group how 25 years ago he had planted the church where he still ministers and which today has over 2,500 members. Though others see him as exceptionally successful, his heart is inwardly perturbed.  His church, he says, is more a vendor of goods and... Read More

MR #26: The Missional Helix: Example of Church Planting

In the last missiological reflection I described the Missional Helix and attempted to show the intertwining, inseparable nature of theological reflection, cultural analysis, historical perspective, and strategy formation in the practice of ministry. Developing practice of ministry was understood as a helix because theology, history, culture, and strategy build on one another as the community of faith collectively develops understandings and a vision... Read More

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