I realized I have some 40 draft posts sitting waiting to be finished, and I discovered this one among them. I think it was a sort of epilogue to the series I did a while back defining missional. That means that these links will be to older posts, so if any of the links fail, that’s the reason. I decided to publish it pretty much as-is, meaning it was never polished into a coherent form. The image was already attached to the post, though I don’t remember why… now it reminds me of incoherence. ;^) Essentially the post is a list of background and deep background on missional theology and concepts, probably some notes I was keeping as I worked through the material. Perhaps you’ll find some good stuff here for further reading as well.
Additional reading for background into missional, mission, Missio Dei — a collection of remaindered links, deep background, and unfinished reading.
- Via Ed Stetzer: Jacques Matthey – Milestones in Protestant Ecumenical Missionary Thinking from the 1970s to the 1990s
- Mission – Doing the Deeds of Christ (August 21st blog post by Rick Lord)
- WCC: 50th anniversary of the World Mission Conference Mission Festival and Congress, August 16-21, 2002 Willingen Congress Missio Dei God’s Mission Today Summary and Conclusions (Reflectorâ€™s report) (via Ed Stetzer)
Missiology in general
mission and evangelism – history
- J.C. Hoekendijk – A Voice That Needs To Be Heard Again (blog post summary of his work)
- Thursday Theology #220 August 29, 2002 Topic: Willingen II (2002), The 50th Anniversary Congress on “Missio Dei” [Latin for God's Own Mission]
- “What is the Relationship of the Church to the Kingdom of God”: Tim Keller (Aug 22nd blog post, quoting Keller’s book)
- Steve Taylor: why missional is as easy as changing two letters (Aug 23rd blog post)
- Wikiklesia #11 : Words (a pause for thought), quotes Newbigin from The Household of God:
It is surely a fact of inexhaustible significance that what our Lord left behind Him was not a book, nor a creed, nor a system of thought, nor a rule of life, but a visible community. He committed the entire work of salvation to that community. It was not that a community gathered round an idea, so that the idea was primary and the community secondary. It was that a community called together by the deliberate choice of the Lord Himself, and re-created in Him, gradually sought – and is seeking – to make explicit who He is and what He has done. The actual community is primary; the understanding of what it is comes second.
- Missional, definition July 17th:
The heart of being missional is to participate in God’s mission (Missio Dei). God is a missionary God. The incarnate and resurrected Christ is the missio Dei. We then are to participate in what Christ is doing in the world (Participatio Christi ). We neither determine our own agenda, nor merely imitate His, but rather participate in His, according to His call and guidance. John 20:21, So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
- Missio Dei: the understanding and misunderstanding of a theological concept in European churches and missiology., via Ed — Publication Date: 01-OCT-03 Publication Title: International Review of Mission Format: Online – approximately 8873 words Author: Engelsviken, Tormod
- Via Bill: A Changing Conversation about the Church, an excerpt from Craig Van Gelder’s new book The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit.
- Edinburgh to Salvador: Twentieth Century Ecumenical Missiology by T.V. Philip
- Makeesha Fisher’s missional manifesto — something she wrote for her church community.
- Shawn Anthony surveys definitions and ideas: What is Incarnational Ecclesiology?
- Quoting from Missional Church: A missional church could look like this
- Mark D. Roberts The Mission of God and the Missional Church (17-part series, via Scot McKnight)
- Missional theology–in vogue or indispensable?
- Missional Journal: A periodic e-mail message from President David G. Dunbar (Biblical Seminary)