Edinburgh 2010: Springboard for Mission by Kenneth R. Ross

By Kenneth R. Ross

The area Missionary convention of Edinburgh 1910 used to be an epoch-making occasion. Edinburgh 2010: Springboard for project presents an outline of the momentous 1910 convention and analyzes the various streams of improvement in worldwide Christianity which flowed from the 1st Edinburgh convention. This primer at the value of Edinburgh 1910 and the imminent 2010 convention appears to be like either on the achievements and downfalls of the earlier in addition to pushes the Christian missions circulation ahead to the long run. As Kenneth Ross writes during this quantity, "the centenary of Edinburgh 1910 is an party which demanding situations the worldwide missionary circulation to re-gather and take inventory back of the way it stands with regards to its task."   The time has come for the missions stream to realize new momentum and definition for the duty forward. Edinburgh 2010 actually has the capability to function a brand new springboard for challenge.

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Theological education and formation The question of formation remains at the core of the missionary project—how to train, equip and educate those who will be tomorrow’s missionary leaders. A core question for this commission will be how theological training can be so constructed as to offer formation in mission spirituality. The nature of the curriculum and the interface of theology with other relevant disciplines of study will be at the heart of this commission’s work. Christian communities in contemporary contexts Christian faith finds communal expression in a variety of ways in today’s world.

Under the latter’s auspices, further great international mission conferences were held at Mexico City in 1963, Bangkok in 1973, Melbourne in 1980, San Antonio in 1989, Salvador de Bahia in 1996 and Athens in 2005. An important result of integration was that the Eastern Orthodox, with their more centripetal understanding of mission, brought another perspective to the discussion at this series of conferences which led, in 2005, to an “Orthodox country” hosting for the first time a major international mission conference.

Charged to offer wide-ranging and in-depth analysis, it is geared to bring substance to the Edinburgh 2010 conference and to be a key resource for all who are thinking mission at this time. 47 Time for Fresh Movement A clear focusing of the task which awaits Christian mission in the 21st century is widely felt to be needed and the Edinburgh 1910 centenary carries the historical meaning and emotional resonance to engage the required energy and imagination. An essential feature of the memory is that the analysis attempted by the Conference was geared to action.

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