Reflections on Evangelism 4: Bringing evangelism back to the Church

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : December 20, 2006

Evangelism is always ecclesio-centric, because the church is both expression and interpreter, embodiment and witness. So then, this is what we?re trying to do at Missio Dei: We?re limiting our witness to a particular geographical area, and attempting to live as much of our life there as possible. We are attempting to root our spiritual practices in the neighborhood as we offer radical hospitality to our neighbors. We both invite them to join us in our community?s practices, but also go out to establish friendships with people wherever they are. We are trying to live as though the most important thing we can do as a community is be PRESENT-and thereby Christ?s presence is mediated through us (after all, we are a nation of priests)–and then to narrate the ways in which we see God at work in the world-past, present, and future.

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2 Responses to “Reflections on Evangelism 4: Bringing evangelism back to the Church”

  1. Luke on December 20th, 2006 2:39 pm

    I put off reading your reflections on evangelism because (a) I wanted to wait for the series to finish so I could read the whole thing as a continuous thought, and (b) I realized by the third paragraph of your first post I’d have to look up the word “enculturation.”

    But now I’ve read the series and like it very much. It’s a very succinct presentation of the (hi)story of Christian evangelism and how current views have formed and dominated, and how we might look at evangelism in a more holistic, Po-Mo way.

    This series is another example of how you’ve been able to excite my inner desire for Christ by reframing questions and ideas. Evangelism as embodiment of the Gospel and not a list of truths. Christ’s presence reaching others when WE embody it among them.

    BTW, I’ve been having some major problems with your text captcha. When I take more than a minute to type a comment (like this one), it always gives me a “Sorry, it seems you didn’t pass math!”, even though I’m sure my simple addition is correct. :) But when I only take about 30 seconds to leave a comment, it accepts my mathematical solution.

    I’ve lost many a comment this way, and so I’ve begun copying my comments to the clipboard before I “Submit Comment” on your blog so I don’t have to re-type it all.

  2. Van S on December 20th, 2006 7:40 pm

    Bummer…I’ll have to pursue a different way of keeping spammers out.

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