Critique of Mission thoughts
and Initiatives
Joshva Raja
Session 7
• Andrew Kirk, What is Mission
• M Thomas Thangaraj, The common Task:
A Theology of Christian Mission
• Steven Bevans and ...
Media and Mission
Instrumental Perspective
Effect Centered Perspective
Jesus’ Mission and Communication
Instrumental Perspective of Mission
God
Churchandagencies
Pocketpc.ico
M
ethods and
m
eans
People
and
context
Missio Dei
• God’s purposes
• Which God?
• Driving Force
• Logic of Love
• Kingdom of God (Kirk)
YHWH
Logos = Word
Sign
word -
Language
Code
word –
flesh
word -spirit
Community of God - Trinity
Human Beings
Mission – Effect Centered Mission
Mission
Church
Effect
Local and Global Culture
and other impacts
Communication and Christian
Ministry
• Conventional forms of Communication in the
church
Preaching and Worship
Street Prea...
Encoding
Gospel
Missionary
Inclusive
adaptations
Decoding
culture
Decoding
Gospel
Non-Christians
Encoding
culture
Circular...
Dialogic Missions
• Buber I and Thou not I and It
• Paulo Freire Liberative dialogue
• Habermas Public dialogue
• Bhaktin ...
Missio Ecclesie
• Cruciform Responsibility
• Liberative Solidarity
• Eschatological Mutuality (Thomas
Thangaraj)
• Mission...
Counter Missionaries
• Indigenous Missionaries
• Independent Missionaries
• Pentecostal Mission work
• NGOs and FBOs Missi...
ALTERNATIVE
MEDIA
Global to
local
Local to global
Cheap, available
Effectiveness
Simple, plain
Easy access
to community
De...
Alternative
Media and
Mission
Sharing the
Gospel
Serving
Christian
Community
New Spirituality,
Alternative media
and missi...
Missio Humanitatis
• Responsibility
• Solidarity
• Mutuality (Thomas Thangaraj)
Hinduism
Ministry – engage in this
search for God – participating
in people’s search!
Church and Mission
Church/Agency Missionary People
servant
evangelist
prophet
Shepherd
Ecumenists
Diverse ministries
Peopl...
Alternative
media
characteristics
Dialogic, democratic,
communitarian, local,
participation
Voice of
voiceless,
minorities...
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  1. 1. Critique of Mission thoughts and Initiatives Joshva Raja Session 7
  2. 2. • Andrew Kirk, What is Mission • M Thomas Thangaraj, The common Task: A Theology of Christian Mission • Steven Bevans and Roger Schroeder Constants in Context.
  3. 3. Media and Mission Instrumental Perspective Effect Centered Perspective Jesus’ Mission and Communication
  4. 4. Instrumental Perspective of Mission God Churchandagencies Pocketpc.ico M ethods and m eans People and context
  5. 5. Missio Dei • God’s purposes • Which God? • Driving Force • Logic of Love • Kingdom of God (Kirk)
  6. 6. YHWH Logos = Word Sign word - Language Code word – flesh word -spirit Community of God - Trinity Human Beings
  7. 7. Mission – Effect Centered Mission Mission Church Effect Local and Global Culture and other impacts
  8. 8. Communication and Christian Ministry • Conventional forms of Communication in the church Preaching and Worship Street Preaching • Conventional means and tools Loud Speakers, • Flannel boards, Posters/Charts.... • Conventional places - Pulpit, street corners,
  9. 9. Encoding Gospel Missionary Inclusive adaptations Decoding culture Decoding Gospel Non-Christians Encoding culture Circular model
  10. 10. Dialogic Missions • Buber I and Thou not I and It • Paulo Freire Liberative dialogue • Habermas Public dialogue • Bhaktin Relationship and engagement • Gramsci – organic Intellectual critical dialogue against Hegemony • Gadamer – Merger of Horizons
  11. 11. Missio Ecclesie • Cruciform Responsibility • Liberative Solidarity • Eschatological Mutuality (Thomas Thangaraj) • Missionary by nature • Election (not merit, not selfish,but service) • KOG and church (thru church, thru world, community) (Kirk)
  12. 12. Counter Missionaries • Indigenous Missionaries • Independent Missionaries • Pentecostal Mission work • NGOs and FBOs Mission work (SCM, YMCA) • Cultural and National Mission work • Charismatic Mission work • Other Religious Mission work • Development based mission work • Local counter Theologies and expressions
  13. 13. ALTERNATIVE MEDIA Global to local Local to global Cheap, available Effectiveness Simple, plain Easy access to community Development and social change Democratic, participatory Against mass media in promoting culture of peace, dialogue Promote communitarian values and Individual freedom Inter-cultural understanding Purpose Reaching the mass but not for profit Fair representation of minorities, disabled, refugees… Taking sides with poor, labourers in reporting Voice of the voiceless Culturally rooted, community building, inter religious harmony Praxis
  14. 14. Alternative Media and Mission Sharing the Gospel Serving Christian Community New Spirituality, Alternative media and mission Ecumenical Media as alternative Interacting wit Communities Networking different Communities Alternative Media for Development Net as Alternative Media Training Priests and Missionaries Banking the Knowledge Alternative - Media Education as mission Alternative media and cultural groups
  15. 15. Missio Humanitatis • Responsibility • Solidarity • Mutuality (Thomas Thangaraj)
  16. 16. Hinduism Ministry – engage in this search for God – participating in people’s search!
  17. 17. Church and Mission Church/Agency Missionary People servant evangelist prophet Shepherd Ecumenists Diverse ministries People’s faith and church traditions Professional standard concerns for contextual reality Transition?
  18. 18. Alternative media characteristics Dialogic, democratic, communitarian, local, participation Voice of voiceless, minorities and others Cheap, easy access, non- profit, simple, non- professional Towards Social change, human dignity and development Intercultural in nature, culturally rooted, folk culture, updated interactive technology Alternative perspectives and practices Space for disabled, HIV/AIDs infected, refugees, Eunuchs, and less privileged people Promote a culture of peace and harmony

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