Missional Ecclesiology

August 5-9, 2019

Pasadena, CA


Jurgen Moltmann said “It is not the church that has a mission of salvation to fulfill in the world; it is the mission of the Son and the Spirit through the Father that includes the church.” (The Church in the Power of the Spirit, London, 1977, p.64). This articulation breaks down many traditional patterns of thinking about and practicing the church. It presents many challenges to those who would lead their churches into His Mission. It calls for a new posture for the church in the world.

This course explores how to think about, practice, lead and embody the church in the world as a participant in God’s Mission. In order to meet these challenges we will explore four fundamental questions. What is the church Scripturally, historically, theologically? What is the relationship between ecclesiology and missiology (or church and context/culture)? How must the core practices of the church be reoriented in order for her to participate in the Missio Dei? And finally, how does our belief and practice together shape the church as a social presence in the world participating in God's mission?


"This course made me realize in a new way the importance of being participants in what God is already doing in the world."

"I came away from this class with my paradigms challenged and with a different view of what the church should look like in the world"

David Fitch is the B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He is also the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community- a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. He coaches a network of church plants in the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) linked to Life on the Vine. He writes on the issues the local church must face in Mission including cultural engagement, leadership and theology and has lectured and presented on these topics at many seminaries, graduate schools, denominational gatherings and conferences.

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