From the point of this reviewer, it is apparent that Van Engens institutional focus is an over correction of the individualistic characteristic of Christianity and mission in the Western tradition. In this case, it is not a matter of either-or but both-and at two levels. The title of the article is Mission Defined and Described, yet the entire piece has the missional church as the only focus.
Mission is broader in scope than the missional church. The Christian mission cannot be accomplished apart from individuals obedient to the Great Commission. The personal dimension of mission somehow escaped Van Engens attention. He does a good job describing mission historically, but fails to define mission holistically and realistically. Towards the end of the article, after providing a diachronic review of the description and definition of mission, Van Engen makes the following observation: A cohesive, consistent, focused, theologically-deep, missiologically broad and contextually appropriate evangelical missiology has not yet emerged for this new century.
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Then, at the conclusion, in his response to Glorias quest for a definition of mission, Van Engen proposes one that is eight-lines long but which does not measure up to the criteria he himself provides. I propose the following definition as an alternative, believing it to be closer to the above criteria and more true to the title of Mission Defined: Mission is the Christian individual and the church institutional continuing on and carrying out the missio dei of the triune God at both individual and institutional levels, spiritually saving souls and socially ushering in shalom , for redemption, reconciliation and transformation.
This definition is a better alternative for several reasons. First, it is shorter in length but more comprehensive in scope. Second, it is holistic and balanced instead of being reductionistic.
Third, it is enriched by the trinitarian orientation rather than impoverished by being merely Christo-centric in emphasis. Fourth, it truly reflects the essence of the key texts Van Engen cites. Fifth, it includes spiritual and social aspects of Christian mission in general and particularly in the missions of redemption, reconciliation, and transformation. This proposed alternative definition is hopefully more cohesive, consistent, focused, theologically-deep, missiologically broad and contextually appropriate.
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Notes Includes bibliographical references p. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Add to Your books. No current Talk conversations about this book. First, this book is not a how to do missions book. It is a book devoted to varying theologies of missions. It also outlines the history of recent missions. Second, the book is a little dated. A lot has happened since , and a lot of policies have changed since September 11th. Finally, I found this book to be too dry. The author definitely presents an academic profile of missions, but he doesn't capture the audiences' attention.