Meaningful theology needs to take place primarily in the routine life of the people of God. It needs to be discourse that engages with life and arises out of life.
Mission is the opportunity to rethink which elements of what we believe do belong to the gospel and which in fact belong to our culture.
We need to rethink all of theology in missionary terms because every situation is a missionary situation. We need a missional approach to doctrine, to biblical studies, to church history, to ethics, to pastoral care and so on.
[This] also means that when issues arise in our churches and ministry, time should be taken to reflect on them theologically. They often present real opportunities to move forward in theological understanding. And without this theological reflection we will be driven by pragmatism or tradition. As theologians together, our ‘subject’ should be exploring the missiological implications of all theology in every aspect of the life of the local church and every detail of the lives of believers.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Theology and Mission
Some quotes from Chester & Timmis Total Church, from their chapter on theology. [quotes from pp.151-153