Thursday, 29 December 2011
I am suggesting that we think of evangelism as that aspect of mission that is concerned with the communication of the gospel. If we are serious about communication we will do all that we can to make sure we take appropriate responsibility for three things: the content of our message, the process of its transmission and the likelihood of its reception. This fragment is concerned with the third of these.
To seek to communicate presupposes to my mind that we are not indifferent to the response of those with whom we are seeking to communicate. It also presupposes respect for the otherness of those with whom we are seeking to communicate; communication is not the same as imposition, when we impose we abandon any attempt at genuine communication.
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Evangelism is that aspect of mission that is concerned with communication of the gospel, getting the message across. Other vital dimensions of mission include making a difference for good in God's world irrespective of whether or not we get our message across.
It is my conviction that mission in its fullest sense is about praying and working for the fulfillment of the purposes of God, seeking the establishment of the reign of God and therefore cooperating with the Spirit of God in every dimension of God's creative and recreative work.
Monday, 26 December 2011
As it stands we take a look at:
- the shift in the dominant paradigm of evangelism from the revivalist rally to process evangelism courses
- church planting and contextualisation
- evangelism as faithful, distinctive ecclesial witness
- evangelism and worship
- evangelism, community ministry and social action
- evangelism and the emerging church movement
- evangelism, pluralism and dialogue
- evangelism in the digital age