The papers and podcasts from last week’s consultation are now available for download from the website under the ‘LOI 2017’ tab. Together they form a body of material on the topic of theological formation for mission which we hope will stimulate increased co-operation between our two Christian traditions. We hope that you will find them helpful. Please share them with colleagues and friends, bring them to the attention of your students, and feel free to add hyperlinks to the page.
And there’s a gallery of pictures too!
At least seventy church leaders, mission workers and seminary teachers, including a number of younger leaders, gathered at Selwyn College, Cambridge, last week for four days of prayer, study and conversation around the topic of ‘Theological Formation for Mission’. Coming from places as diverse as Alaska, South Africa, and South Korea, they were able to form new friendships, share experiences, disagree with one another in love, have their thinking stimulated, and focus their vision to see people formed to share effectively in the Mission of God to our world.
We will shortly be uploading the papers to the website under the tab for the consultation, and also links to podcasts made by John Maddex of Ancient Faith Radio. They include assessments of how new approaches to the teaching of the Apostle Paul can help us grow together and work together; reflections on experience of working together in seminary and mission contexts, and reports on the situation in various parts of the world. Together they form a valuable body of material exploring on how we are formed theologically, and how we form others, to share in the mission to which God has called us.
The Orthodox Church in America has a story on the consultation on its website, which also features the group photo taken in front of the college chapel: https://oca.org/news/headline-news/oca-represented-at-orthodox-evangelical-consultation-in-cambridge-uk.
LOI’s 2017 consultation begins tomorrow, 5 September. For the programme, go to: http://www.loimission.net/loi-2017/. We eagerly anticipate a feast of good things, but we also want it to issue in practical action.
We hope to make some of the papers available after the consultation, and will also post a full report.
Please remember us in your prayers. Pray especially that Orthodox and Evangelicals will find ways of doing mission together which are marked by love, integrity, and mutual respect.