Becoming a Missiologist

Chilly —  July 26, 2014 — 4 Comments

It seems that I’m constantly seeking to understand and apply God’s calling and destiny. I have no doubt that He has called me and that He has laid a path before me that is unique to my anointing and giftings. What is so challenging is that the way I grew up, and was taught in seminary, often seems to be a complete paradox to the very place & culture where God has led me to impact… so, my quest is to become a missiologist.

mediaTrendsWikipedia: describes “Missiology“, or mission science, as the area of practical theology which investigates the mandate, message and work of the Christian missionary. Missiology is a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural reflexion on all aspects of the propagation of the Christian faith, embracing theology, anthropology, history, geography, theories and methods of communication, comparative religion, Christian apologetics, methodology, and interdenominational relations.

One of a missiologist’s most difficult challenges is to distinguish between: a) practices that are essential to Christianity and therefore must be practiced by Christians in all cultures, and b) other strictly cultural expressions of Christianity that can be changed and adapted to a different culture. You know, leaving what’s sacred alone but adjusting those things that are cultural so that they have the ultimate impact.

I have not fully grasped all the dynamics of missiology, especially as it pertains to my current call, but I am enjoying my time in the lab! With each page I turn of His Word and with each amazing lecture spoken to my heart by His Spirit, I become more and more aware of who I am, where I am, and why… and even greater, I become more and more aware of WHO HE IS – knowing that He is with me and that His purpose we be completed in and through my life…

There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. Philippians 1:6 msg.

on a mission… for life! Chilly

 Q: Where are you at in this adventure of calling & mission?


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4 responses to Becoming a Missiologist

  1. I guess my feet are carrying me faster than my head can comprehend – God is putting awesome words in my brain, and I am having amazing opportunities to say or write them, but my understanding of my calling is lagging a little bit behind. Both are moving forward, though, so I can’t really complain! My academic tendencies demand to get answers before I can act, but the Holy Spirit tells me to act and to be at peace without fully understanding (just yet). I guess that’s where I am with my missiology – learning to act before learning to understand. I trust that God has a plan for me that’s greater than just today, but I have to learn to be at peace with not knowing everything.

  2. I love this – I remember looking into practical theology before, and I love the term ‘missiology’ – I think it fits so well with the concept of the great commission.

    • Also, for the question:

      I think i’ve grown a lot in submission and taking steps in faith, though I see areas I need to improve on in regard to walking in faith. I think God has been giving me vision for a specific mission to serve the community and to help the needy and to support missions through creative means. I’m excited to see what God has in store, I’m already seeing progress! All praise to God!

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