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In search of an emerging missional paradigm: post-Christendom, postmodern, digital age and/or postcolonial?

Cronshaw, Darren J. (2007) In search of an emerging missional paradigm: post-Christendom, postmodern, digital age and/or postcolonial? Australian Journal of Mission Studies, 1 (2). pp. 20-28. ISSN 1834-4682

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The emerging church movement is listening to and joining the conversation about mission to the Western world. This article introduces some of the literature and inspiration of the emerging church movement and the ways they describe the historical context for mission for churches in the West; from scholarly missiologists Lesslie Newbigin and David Bosch through to popular North American emerging church writers Alan Roxburgh and Brian McLaren and Australian emerging missional church leaders Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch.

When it comes to this literature that emerging church leaders write or read, there are different options for describing the current cultural milieu. Some writers introduce the need for changing structures by describing how we need to move on from Christendom models of church and mission. Others emphasise the move from modern to postmodern approaches to truth(s). Some writers are beginning to emphasise the implications of an increasingly digital age and its communication challenges. Yet others are drawing attention to the justice issues of postcolonialism and the need for global equity and global theologies. This article considers the helpfulness of these four frameworks for understanding the context of mission to the West.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Missional church, Mission to the West, Post-Christendom
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: Ministry Studies
D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 03:54
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 01:46
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1132

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