Our free resource this week is a workshop led by Nikki Toyama-Szeto and Leroy Barber on translating mission in different contexts. How do matters of race, culture, geography, and economics change the way God’s mission takes shape in a particular place? And how must we be responsive to these contextual matters?
Effective and faithful Christian leaders must be culturally astute, but not color-blind. Likewise, effective and faithful engagement in mission means being contextually responsive, reflective, discerning, and adaptive, but not culturally captive.
Navigating these issues, theologically as well as practically, is never easy.
In this workshop we will discuss ways to help leaders identify the non-negotiables of their mission and how to translate these into effective and faithful practices in different contexts (racially, socially, geographically, economically). We will also explore how the contexts we inhabit can inform the shape of our missional engagement.
The audio download of this workshop is available HERE and is available for free all day today, 3/17/14 (discount automatically applied when you add the workshop to your cart).
**If you find resources like this helpful, there are many more available here. You might even want to grab a bundle all at the same time.**
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The Missio Alliance Writing Collectives exist as a ministry of writing to resource theological practitioners for mission. From our Leading Voices to our regular Writing Team and those invited to publish with us as Community Voices, we are creating a space for thoughtful engagement of critical issues and questions facing the North American Church in God’s mission. This sort of thoughtful engagement is something that we seek to engender not only in our publishing, but in conversations that unfold as a result in the comment section of our articles.
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