The Need for Apostolic Missiology 11


Strike the Match

What is apostolic missiology? Why is it important to mission in a post-Christianized context? Why does the Church in the West primarily operate from a pastoral missiology? In this episode, I address these and other questions related to mission today.

Our theology shapes our missiology. Our missiology shapes our missionary methods. How we begin the journey affects what we do in the field.

The need of the hour is for the Church in the West to embrace both a pastoral and an apostolic missiology. Check out this episode where I share more.

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11 thoughts on “The Need for Apostolic Missiology

  • Mark Hedinger

    The distinction between pastoral and apostolic missiology is very helpful besides being biblically grounded. Thank you for the clear presentation.
    The practical implications are huge, ranging from impact within newly emerging mission sending nations (the “mission fields that are now the mission forces”). Implications also exist for business and professional mission, for frontier mission outreach, for ministry aimed at maturing a newly reached people, and for involvement in diaspora communities. This really is a watershed issue for mission methods. Thanks

  • Rick Martinez

    Thank you for your podcast. I listened from Mexico City, Mexico where I am on an urban church planting team. You mentioned the possibility of planting churches without truly making disciples. While for some that statement may sound odd, I wholeheartedly agree that it is possible. Throughout my time as a missionary in different parts of Latin America, I have taken part in church plants that consisted mainly of believers and remained that way for some time. This may sound harsh, but these church plants sometimes felt like hollow victories. While a new church is always something for which we give God thanks, I always ask myself, “but has the planting of this new church impacted lostness?” In some ways it is easier to start new churches with a group of existing believers, but missionaries must always pound it into the heads of these new churches that if they are not pushing back the darkness in their respective areas and making disciples, they are not truly fulfilling the Great Commission (and neither are the missionaries).

    Thanks for your insights.

  • JD Post author

    Thank you, Rick, for sharing of your work in Latin America. You make some great points. Keep up the great work! And thank you for your encouraging words about the podcast!

  • Chris Davis

    Thank you so much for this. It was needed very much TODAY when I stumbled upon your site. It is confirmation of what God is doing in us and our church.

  • JD Post author

    You are welcome, Chris. I am thankful it was helpful. Hope you check out the site on a regular basis.

  • Michael

    Great article my brother! Finally, someone has put language to this so that it can be successfully communicated to institutional leaders in the US. Every church in the US should adopt an apostolic concept for at least some of the gathered church that they shepherd. Why not give it a try!