Includes bibliographical references (p. 381-396) and index.
|Statement||Paul G. Hiebert and Eloise Hiebert Meneses.|
|Contributions||Meneses, Eloise Hiebert.|
|LC Classifications||BV2063 .H463 1995|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||405 p. :|
|Number of Pages||405|
|LC Control Number||95000452|
Incarnational Ministry explores the concept of ‘being with’ in eight d The bestselling writer and popular broadcaster Sam Wells reflects theologically and practically on the /5. In Incarnational Ministry Wells elaborates on the concept of being with and discusses the following eight aspects of it: presence, attention, mystery, delight, participation, partnership, enjoyment, and glory. This book will challenge readers to live a life of incarnational ministry with others as Brand: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Introduction In recent decades, scores of books, manuals, and websites advocating "incarnational ministry" have encouraged Christians to move beyond ministry at a distance and to "incarnate" and immerse themselves into local cultures. Some give a step-by-step "incarnation process" for Christians crossing cultures. Buy Incarnational Ministry: Being with the church by Samuel Wells (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders/5(8).
By J. Todd Billings “Incarnational Ministry” has been a significant missiological concept for over two decades. It has earned a place in missiological textbooks, and still spurs debates. Yet, although the notion obviously has Christological roots, there has been little systematic theological reflection on the topic. Incarnational ministry also can become so attuned to the culture that it loses the potency of the gospel. In other words, the care a Christian takes to avoid offending those in the culture risks watering down the true message of Jesus. An incarnational ministry means that the church goes to people the way Jesus did! If Jesus came in our day, he would probably be just as misunderstood by the established Church today as he was by the Jewish leaders in his day. The gospels tell us that Christ Jesus was a “friend of sinners,” (Matthew ). Incarnational ministry seeks to dispense with ministry “from a distance” and embrace ministry “up close and personal”—the love of God and the gospel of Christ are “incarnated” or embodied by the person ministering.
It is very popular to assume that missions is always incarnational. And of course on one level this is true. We go and live among the people. We try to emulate the humility and sacrifice of Christ (Phil. ). But incarnationalism in missions often means more than this. It means that we model our ministry on Jesus’ ministry. Incarnational Ministry begins with being with God, and then ranges across human experience in childhood, vocation, and the challenges of life that include hurt and affliction. This spectrum culminates with death and a new experience of being born again into eternal life. The book, Incarnational Ministry, the presence of Christ in Church, Society and Family (, edited by Christian Kettler & Todd Speidell), features essays in honor of Ray Anderson. Ray (now deceased), is widely regarded for advocating an incarnational approach to ministry grounded in a Trinitarian, Christ-centered theology. In recent decades, scores of books, manuals, and websites advocating "incarnational ministry" have encouraged Christians to move beyond ministry at a .