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Our Mission and Vision

I am often asked to cast a vision for our future in the way a CEO might cast a vision for a business. Though churches must embrace certain business practices, the biblical model for leading the church is that of a shepherd or farmer rather than a business executive. This does not mean that we are called to sit back and do nothing. However, it explains why my approach is not to cast a vision but to gather a vision. Let me explain.

In the fifth chapter of Romans, Paul wrote:

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Joseph Tkach
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Why Be Concerned About Mission?

In Clean Jokes and Inspirational Stories, Rod Dykstra tells about a successful young executive who was driving through a neighborhood in his new Jaguar. Suddenly a brick smashed into the side of his car. He slammed on his brakes and jumped out to confront a guilty-looking small boy standing nearby.

“Who are you and what is going on here?” yelled the executive. “This is a new car and what you just did is gonna cost you a lot of money. Why did you throw that brick?”

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Joseph Tkach
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Invitation to Mission

Joseph Tkach

Invitation to Mission

We can share in the excitement of people seeing the truth of who God is and who they are in him. And as Jesus lives in us, we can give his encouragement, comfort and hope to others as we are able.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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The subject of mission and outreach has sometimes been a source of passionate disagreement among Christian believers. Some Christians believe that they should focus all mission efforts locally. Others believe mission should have more of an international focus.  Despite the disagreement, however, most would agree that mission is all about joining Jesus in his work of sharing God’s love and life with others.

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Cleaning Up Katrina - After the Cameras Moved On

When Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, we all watched in disbelief as a major U.S. city suffered one of the worst natural disasters this nation has ever experienced. A disaster like this gives the whole country an adrenaline rush. All our emotions are thrown into sharp relief—anger, fear, frustration, but also courage, compassion and generosity. As the networks arrived to bring the misery into our living rooms, we opened our hearts, along with our wallets and purses, to help the victims.

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Gerry Trennepohl
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Paul Louis Metzger: Christians Engaging Contemporary Culture

Paul Louis Metzger

Paul Louis Metzger: Christians Engaging Contemporary Culture

Converted Christians will be led by the Holy Spirit to care for others, reflecting our communion within the Triune God.

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Paul Louis Metzger

Dr. Paul Louis Metzger is Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. For a PDF of all four interviews, click here. He is author of Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church,
The Word of Christ and the Word of Culture: Sacred and Secular Through the Theology of Karl Barth,
and
Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths.

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Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. What does “practical theology” mean to you?

2. In what ways can we become more “relational” and “communal” in our Christian walk?

3. How can a Trinitarian perspective improve one’s view toward minorities and the poor?

4. How do you understand Dr. Metzger’s concept, “beyond moralism”?

5. How can we give and serve out of gratitude instead of guilt or obligation?

6. How can we become more “missional” in our personal evangelism?

7. Briefly, share some of your thoughts on “cultural Christianity.”

8. How does fear cause some believers to adopt an antagonistic approach toward society?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

J. Michael Feazell: Thanks for joining us on another edition of You’re Included, the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology. We’re talking to Dr. Paul Louis Metzger, Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture at Multnomah biblical Seminary of Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Metzger is editor of Trinitarian Soundings in Systematic Theology and Cultural Encounter, a journal for the theology of culture.

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Serving With Jesus in the Local Community: Meal and Prayer

About five years ago, GCI’s Abundant Grace Fellowship in Ft. Myers, FL, met to consider where we were and where we needed to go. We had been meeting in other churches’ buildings. But now we sensed God leading us to relocate.

The authors

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S Faulkner, B McQueary and H Steiginga
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Invisible Missionaries in China

An important part of preaching the gospel effectively is being sensitive to opportunities. An excellent example of this is the current global village economy, where rapidly growing economies import labor from other countries to fill their needs.

Every month, thousands of Filipinos leave the Manila airport on their way to be overseas guest workers. Christian leaders in the Philippines realize that these workers are being allowed into places where missionaries would not be permitted, and they provide mission training to as many overseas workers as possible.

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Randal Dick
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