Friday, February 4, 2011

The Missional Church by Tim Keller

Here's a great, short, free article by Tim Keller titled "The Missional Church." D.A. Carson says that it was Tim Keller who coined the phrase "missional" toward the beginning of the 1990's. Keller wrote this article in 2001, and ten years later it is just as relevant as it was when he wrote it. You can download it here. And here are the main points:

The Elements of a Missional Church
  • Discourse in the vernacular
  • Enter and re-tell the culture's stories with the gospel
  • Theologically train lay people for public life and vocation
  • Create Christian community which is counter-cultural and counter-intuitive
  • Practice Christian unity as much as possible on a local level

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