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Missional church in perspective

The Missional Church Perspective

Last month Dr. Dwight Zscheile gave an excellent brief overview of his new book, authored jointly with Dr. Craig Van Gelder, The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation.

The book will be published in Spring 2011, and in the meantime Dr. Zscheile has agreed to post his powerpoint slides here.

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T is for Triune God: Circulating Around the Neighborhood

By Dwight Zscheile

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In the seventh century, the theologian John of Damascus used a term to describe the life of the Trinity that has important resonance for today’s church in mission: perichoresis. Perichoresis means “whirl,” “rotation,” “encircling,” “embracing,” or “circulation around the neighborhood.” In the ancient world, it was used to describe the passing of wine around the table at a dinner party, or the movement of people

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Why church history matters for the missional church

Here's a very brief overview of church history, engagingly presented by Dr. Patrick Keifert, that focuses on missional church issues.

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M is for missional church

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From Craig Van Gelder's book The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit:

The church is.
The church does what it is.
The church organizes what it does.

The interrelationship of all three aspects is important to understand. The church is. The church's nature provides the framework and foundation for understanding the essential character of the church. The church does what it is. The nature of the church establishes the foundation for understanding the purpose of the church

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