High Impact Residency Program Turns its Attention to 'Missio Dei'
By Bener Agtarap
In our fourth webinar session on Tuesday, July 13, we will be turning our attention to the Missio Dei and how our churches must join God in God's mission. In his book, The Mission of God's People, author Christopher Wright says, "It is not so much the case that God has a mission for the church in the world, as that God has a church for God's mission in the world. Mission was not made for the church; the church was made for mission – God's mission."
What does it look like for a church to truly embody this missional mandate? How has colonialism affected the way the church postures itself toward the world around us? Can church planting be done in an ethical and non-colonial way and still impact a local community? These are the questions we will be addressing as we seek to develop a theology of hospitality modeled after the self-emptying of Christ seen in Luke 24 and Philippians 2.
"It is not so much the case that God has a mission for the church in the world, as that God has a church for God's mission in the world. Mission was not made for the church; the church was made for mission – God's mission."
We live in the midst of this paradox, where we are both connected and influenced by the world in which we live and at the same time are formed by a different value system. Planting a church in our current digital culture, we connect to the ethos and rhythm of our context, but we offer an alternative value system through a Christian spiritual lens for people who have been formed by a value system that is incapable of providing sustainable and flourishing life.
We hope you can join us to explore and go deeper with our understanding of God's mission in the world and how we, as disciples of Jesus Christ, are called upon to participate as God's instruments in connecting people to the love of God in Christ Jesus.