In a sense, there is a singularity to God’s mission. We can rightly say that the gospel of the availability of God’s Kingdom in and through Jesus is universal in scope – it is an announcement of good news for all people, across all time, in all places. There is also an inherent unity within the family of God; “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Eph. 4:4-6) At the same time, fidelity to the nature God’s “missional message” means that its communication and incarnational expression will take into account the particularities of the people, times, and places to which it is addressed. That the mission and message of God in the world calls for contextualization is an inherent part of its goodness!
We’d love to hear from you on this…
Given the unique features of the context in which you live and/or serve…
- What does it it look like for the universal mission and message of God to incarnate itself?
- What contextual issues and challenges have been (or are) most difficult?
- What resources have been most helpful as you seek to navigate issues of contextualization?
Knowing that this is such an important topic for a great number of Church leaders, this was the focus of one of our workshops at the Future Gospel gathering this past April. If you are engaging with or interested in this issue, the presentations and discussions that took place in that workshop led by Karen Wilk, Helen Lee, and Justin Fung would be well worth your time!
This panel will consider what missional living looks like amongst particular segments of people (i.e., singles, moms, children) and within specific contexts (urban, suburban, Post-Christian). The panelists will present ideas for ways to spark missional living in and through diverse people groups and places and offer real-life stories to inspire your own imagination. Panelists include Justin Fung, a pastor in Washington D.C.; Helen Lee, author of The Missional Mom who lives in the suburbs of Chicago; and Karen Wilk, Forge Canada National Team and author of Don’t Invite Them to Church: Moving from a Come and See to a Go and Be Church, a resident of Edmonton, Alberta.
The audio download of this workshop is available HERE and is available for free all day today, 8/5/13 (discount automatically applied when you add the workshop to your cart).