The latest edition of Missio Dei Journal is getting ready to hit the digital press and a few of the articles are already available. If you're unfamiliar with Missio Dei, the journal's contributors include both scholars and regular Christians. They write about mission concepts and ideals but also dig into the nitty gritty of practice.
This issue is all about Vulnerable Mission. Chris Flanders (of Abilene Christian University) opens the conversation by challenging the disconnect between the language we use to describe (idealize?) our mission work and reality.
A non-Western church leader recently remarked, “When I hear the word partnership, I run the other way!” Why? Because despite their rhetoric and intent, Western missionaries often end up creating the very thing they seek to avoid, viz., dependent churches.