Missional Conversation: Trends in World Christianity

Harvey Kwiyani Missional Conversation 1 Missional Conversation 2The Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World started a conversation yesterday around the issues of global mission. This was looked through the particular lense of African Christianity. In attendance were about 15 mission practitioners from the UK all serving in various contexts such as Contextual Theology Centre (CTC), All Nations Christian College, Crosslinks and the Welcome Network. Part of the trends in World Christianity is that migratory patterns have brought cultural diversity to the many large cities in the UK. This raises the question of what approach might we use to reach out to people from all nations and different faiths? The conversation explores multi-Christianity, that is Christianity as expressed by people from other cultures as one of the ways the different nationalities could be reached in the UK. One implication of this would be multicultural churches that would allow the voices and expression of this multi-Christianity to be explored. The conversation considered the difficult issues and challenges that surrounds any multicultural contexts. Another shift in World Christianity that the conversation looked into is the idea of reverse mission and whether the term should be dropped in favour of a more nuanced one such Transcultural mission? Lastly, the conversation considered the argument that Western theological institutions and colleges need to move from theology to theologies so as to presnt every theology as contextual instead of just the ones done by Asians, Africans and South Americans. The conversation is a part of 3  missional conversations that will end in May. Rev Tim Clapton of Contextual Theology Centre (CTC) who was one of the attendees commented, “Our Missional Conversation set the scene really well.  It was a good opportunity to rehearse the history of Christianity in Africa.  This background and scene setting will prove useful in our future conversations as we begin to think about the future and how we might best work towards a greater understanding and working together between Christians of all ethnicity.  I learnt a lot – I was very grateful for the input provided by Israel and Harvey“.  To join in the conversation please do follow this link for registration. http://www.globalconnections.org.uk/events/a-missional-conversation/140423

About israelolofinjana

Rev Israel Oluwole Olofinjana is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister and has pastored Crofton Park Baptist Church (2007-2011) and Catford Community Church (2011-2013). He is currently the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a multicultural church in south east London. He is Nigerian coming from a Pentecostal background. He holds a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and MTh from Carolina University of Theology (CUT). Israel is the editor of “Turning the Tables on Mission: Stories of Christians from the Global South in the UK” and author of “Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe” and “20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria” He has spoken in a number of conferences regarding reverse mission and Black Majority Churches (BMCs) and has also contributed to academic journals and Christian magazines on the subject of Black Majority Churches (BMC) in Britain. He is currently co-opted as a member of the Baptist Union Council. Israel is also one of the Directors of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World an initiative design to train and equip pastors and missionaries from the South. He is a member of the Global Connections council. When he is not preaching or writing he is playing with Lego! He is happily married to Lucy who works as an administrator and research co-ordinator for the Evangelical Alliance. She is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), earning a BA in Social Anthropology and International Development. Lucy loves baking and watching movies!
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