Doctoral student Christopher James has recently published an article entitled: “Education that is Missional: Towards a Pedagogy for the Missional Church,” in Social Engagement: The Challenge of the “Social” in Missiological Education (Wilmore, KY: First Fruit Press, 2013, p.146-169). You can also access the article free online. Chris’ article has also been cited by by the African scholar who visited the CGCM in June, Dr. Fohle Lygunda, Head of the Department of Missiology International Leadership University in Burundi. The abstract of the article is below:
This paper explores the implications of missional theology for Christian religious education in congregations. In particular, it draws on recent notable missional titles to do three things: 1) to clarify the meaning and aims of missional education as Christian education that specifically privileges the goal of helping Christians discover and live into their identity as God’s cooperative partners in the missio dei, 2) to identify key characteristics of missional education, namely, attention to identity and acuity, life as the classroom, and Scripture as mission narrative, and 3) offer a modest proposal for missional education in the congregational setting through small communities of shared practice.
Christopher B. James is a PhD Candidate in Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology with training from Fuller Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, and the Renovaré Institute. He can be found at www.jesusdust.com,www.newseattlechurches.com, and @chrisbjames.