I wrote an article in my new website, “Adventures in Pastoral Theology.” The article is titled “Correlation of Theology and Pastoral Care in Community.”
Please read it, but the premise applies directly to Missions Theology as a reflective process. Missions Theology is iterative correlating missions experience with theological reflection.
Missions experience is linked to community. That is, it is grounded in real world ministerial experience.
Theological reflection is grounded in reflection on that experience, but draws in three other things:
- One’s relationship with God
- One’s readings in terms of Scripture, as well as theology and missiology within one’s own faith.
- Community. One can reflect alone, but solid reflection needs others to challenge and encourage. We need a support system of reflection.