Van Rheenen Thoughts on Church Growth Movement

@litabny: Gailyn Van Rheenen sees Biblical Theology as NOT forming the basic questions of Church Growth research.*

@GailynVanRheen: No, you have not rightly read me! In Missions: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Strategies (Zondervan, 2016), I provide what I call the Missional Helix in which I show a move from Theology to Strategy Formation within the context of Cultural Analysis/Historical Perspective

This process is done within the context of Spiritual Formation.

The beginning point of ministry is Theological Formation and intertwined throughout the process of Spiritual Discernment.

Ch. 1 is “The Biblical Narrative of Mission: Entering God’s Story,” Ch. 2 “Spiritual Awakenings for Mission.” Ch. 3 “Theological Foundations of Missions,” Ch. 4 “The Church: The Embodiment of Missions.”

My problem with the Church Growth Movement is the primary focus on “growth” rather than disciple-making reflecting the ministries of Jesus and Paul leading to theologically formed disciples who by their passion and God-focus can only speak for God!

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