Tim Keller, Young Leaders, and the Mission of the Church
A vigorous conversation is happening today around the question, “What is the mission of the church?” A few weeks ago, Tim Keller addressed the topic in this blog post on the Redeemer City to City website. In the article Keller puts the conversation under the banner of two related topics: the mission of the church and the relationship between Christ and culture. He lays out the perceived division between those in the “Two-Kingdoms” view and the “Cultural Transformationalist” view while proposing there is a “slow convergence” happening between the two groups.An interesting part of the blog post is that Keller places the conversation among young leaders with “Reformed and evangelical convictions.” I am a young leader with “Reformed and evangelical convictions” and I run in circles where these conversations are loud. Therefore, I would like to offer my thoughts on Keller’s post and maybe add another vantage point to the conversation.
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Community Development Forum
In April Darrow Miller has been invited to be the keynote speaker at a Community Development Forum in Toowoomba Qld.Dates: 16-20 April
Venue: Toowoomba City Church
Contact: Ian Shelton email@example.com
Darrow Miller will speak on the relationship between worldview, poverty, hunger and development. He will cover the following topics:
- Relief vs. Development vs. Transformation
- The root of poverty: Not a lack of resources, but rather false belief systems
- The role of three false belief systems in contributing to poverty: Animism, secular materialism and Evangelical Gnosticism
- How the biblical worldview provides the only sure foundation for transformational development
- The goal of development—not funds spent or projects completed, but a process of advancing towards “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
- The biblical worldview and resources: needs based vs. asset based development
- Donor-driven vs. community-driven vs. God-driven development
- Economic stewardship—free market models for development rather than social service models
- Wholistic community development requires a biblical paradigm
Darrow will also present a special night session on reclaiming the dignity of women in building healthy cultures.
Business as Mission
We have just concluded a very successful second Business as Mission intensive. Perhaps the best gauge of success for any course is the feedback from the participants. All of this has been very positive.We are working on plans for our next intake in August and already have several people planning to come. At the same time we have received expressions of interest from several countries in Africa, Bali and the Solomon Islands. So we will be seeking God’s wisdom about how to respond to each of these.
For anyone interested in information about the next course please visit our website and get in touch.
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