Equipping God's People to Create Missional Culture

A Missional Ecclesiology [In Brief] – Part V


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Part one was about the recovering of missio Dei. Part two was about how the church is called to be a sign, foretaste and instrument of the kingdom. Part three was about asking who is the church.  And in part four we looked at current images  or metaphors to describe the who of the church. In this final part, I want to use the different metaphors to talk about how we are to participate in missio Dei.

Participating in missio Dei
What I love about the various metaphors is they give us practical ways to participate in the mission of God. We walk with God as we multiply apprentices of Jesus and are fully aware that they we God’s partners in bringing another city to this world. As this happens it is important to remember that we are the bride of Christ, deeply loved by our groom, and out of this love we are to love our neighborhood by engaging in projects that help bring a greater sense of justice locally and globally. We live out God’s mission as we are a welcoming people who extend the table of fellowship and recognize we are his body – his hands and feet in the workplace and neighborhood. We are called to live out this mission as family, though too often many of us live like a dysfunctional family, so we need to be a like hospital where people can move toward wholeness and experience healing from the past. In order to stay nourished for this mission, we need to regularly take time to feast on the word of God, and live our lives for an audience of One – in the theater of everyday living.

I hope that this missional ecclesiolgy [in brief] has been a benefit to you.  Feel free to let me know what you have thought about this series.  Shalom.


2 Responses to A Missional Ecclesiology [In Brief] – Part V

  1. Kent Eby says:

    Have you examined missional ecclesiology from a missiological perspective? You mention Newbigin which leads me to believe that you have. Timothy Tennent has recently published a book which you might find interesting to check out. Here is a link to it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Invitation-World-Missions-Trinitarian-Twenty-first/dp/0825438837/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283949724&sr=8-4

  2. JR Woodward says:

    Kent,

    Yeah, I believe that the goal of this short little series was to look at a missional ecclesiology from a “missional” perspective, thus the title. I probably could have put a greater emphasis on New Creation, as I do elsewhere in my writing, because I think that the church needs to live in light of her coming future, anticipating it in the present, which of course is what the first entry of this series was about, in regard to being a sign, foretaste and instrument (in Newbigin’s words), as well as the “another city” metaphor – speaking of New Creation, the city of Jerusalem coming down out of heaven to earth, thus fulfilling Jesus’ prayer – “May you kingdom come and will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

    Hope you enjoyed the series. Your book recommendation looks good as well. Peace.

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