I finished teaching an 8-week course in Theology of Missions at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary. I wasn’t sure how best to do this, since this is the first time I have taught the course, and it is the first time it has been taught at our school.
So I decided to hit as much as I could in areas relating to Missions Theology that is not necessarily dealt with much elsewhere. So I broke it up into three major topics, and several minor topics.
Section 1. Missions Theology as Systematic Theology
- Missio Dei
- Missio Ecclesiae
- Missions in terms of Eschatological History
- Analysis of the Great Commission(s), Great Commandment, and Abrahamic Covenant
- “Spiritual” versus Social versus Holistic ministry
- Interfaith Dialogue and dealing with other faiths
- Views on who is saved
Section 2. Missions Theology as Contextual Theology
- What is Contextualization and Contextual Theology
- What are the models of contextualization of theology
- What benchmarks are there for orthodoxy of contextual theologies
- Roles of narrative and metaphors in contextual theology
Section 3. Missions Theology as Reflective (“Pastoral”) Theology
- Action/Reflection in developing personal missions theology
- Case Studies and peer review
- Personal metaphor for missions
We had an interesting term. With 10 in my class, we had a lot of good conversations. We had 10 metaphors given for missions. Some seemed a little strange at first, but made a lot of sense when explained. A couple of them may not meet the strict definition of metaphor… but I am not that strict. If it is useful, it works. The ten metaphors were:
- Walking by the Spirt
- Gathering Toys
- Mountain climbing
- Mountain biking
- Playing Chess
3 thoughts on “Metaphors for Missions”
I can see the difficulty – mountain biking!
Hey Drew, Mountain Biking shares with missions the elements of danger, excitement, struggle, and perseverance. While it may not be the metaphor I would choose, it made sense from the standpoint of the one who chose it.
And just as you said, once explained it makes sense!
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