‘More New Voices in Mission’

Tim Davy, Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Mission and Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible

‘More New Voices in Mission’

‘Teaching is useless unless you can learn from your students.’

This quote, attributed to the actor and artist Martin Dansky, sums up the ethos of this latest issue of Encounters. Each of the four articles published below represent the fruit of some excellent thinking and research by postgraduate students at Redcliffe College.

In three cases the papers are summaries of MA dissertations which have been abridged to make them a more accessible length.

In ‘Labouring Together, Listening Together?’ Chris Ducker builds on significant field research to examine the effectiveness of short-term mission in Moldova. The particularly significant feature of Chris’s study is his focus on the experiences of those hosting foreign short-term teams. In so doing he brings out important, neglected voices and concludes with some very helpful implications for mission practice that could be usefully applied in all sorts of short-term mission contexts.

Joanne Appleton’s study of ‘The Perceptions of a Missional Lifestyle amongst European Generation Y Christians’ provides valuable research and observations about how young people understand what it means to be ‘missional’. This is essential reading for all those trying to engage young people with mission. You may be surprised by the results…

The final dissertation summary is that of Nicholas Haydock who seeks to develop a canonical understanding of the Levitical Priesthood. His innovative study seeks to set this very ‘Israelite’ institution in the context of the mission of God, yielding some fascinating insights.

Last, but by no means least, is Amy Roche’s essay, ‘A Critical Evaluation of the Contextualisation of Alpha France’. Originally submitted as an assessment in the module, Bible Engagement in Intercultural Contexts, Amy gives a balanced, constructive, accessible and sophisticated analysis of the ways in which the Alpha course has been translated linguistically and culturally for use in France, her own ministry context.

This collection of papers is a taster of the commitment, passion and careful missiological thinking going on amongst students here at Redcliffe. On behalf of a very privileged Faculty team please enjoy and engage!
Tim

 

Article 1: Labouring and Listening Together?
(Chris Ducker, 3488 words) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion

Article 2: The Perceptions of a Missional Lifestyle amongst European Generation Y Christians
(Joanne Appleton, 4958 words) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion

Article 3: The Levitical Priesthood and the Mission of God
(Nicolas Haydock, 2065 words) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion

Article 4: A Critical Evaluation of the Contextualisation of Alpha France
(Amy Roche, 4810 words) PDF -:- Abstract and Discussion

And finally, a single PDF of the whole issue. Ideal for using offline or to make printing easier.

Issue 43:  Single Document Version (in full)(pdf 522KB)

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