The work of the Spirit and discipleship in Christian mission
Jan 12, 2017
In the new issue of International Review of Mission, a dozen authors from a variety of regional and confessional contexts explore the theme of the forthcoming world mission conference, to be held in Arusha, Tanzania, 8-13 March 2018.
Brought together by the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism, more than 700 delegates from churches worldwide will reflect there on “Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship.”
“Transforming Discipleship” refers both to the transformation of Christians through their discipleship engagements and to discipleship that is transformative of the world, said IRM editor and CWME director Dr Jooseop Keum.
The new paradigm has wide resonance and sparks discussion of its pertinence to biblical study, spirituality, work for social justice, health and healing, and the particular perspectives of pan-African women, Pentecostal theology, Indigenous culture, and parish ministry.
“The triune God works in a world that is groaning, along with humanity, for its redemption and final fulfilment in Christ,” said Keum. “To understand the task of that mission today, Christians need to discern the ‘signs of the times’ (Matt. 16:3). In this way, under the guidance of the Spirit, we will discover in what ways God is already at work in the world and the various situations in the world that still need transformation by God's grace.”
Meetings of the commission, held approximately every ten years since 1910, have often marked turning points in the evolving concepts of mission, introducing such influential notions as missio dei and mission from the margins.
International Review of Mission appears twice a year and is published by the WCC in partnership with Wiley, the Oxford-based books and journals publisher.