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by Darrell L. Guder

ISBN: 080284703X
ISBN13: 978-0802847034
Language: English
Publisher: Eerdmans; Seventh Impression edition (March 20, 2000)
Pages: 238
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Guder continues the agenda of the Gospel and our Culture Network in exploring how the church can .

Guder continues the agenda of the Gospel and our Culture Network in exploring how the church can express its missionary vocation. A lecturer in evangelism and church growth, he says that evangelism needs to be rethought and redirected, beginning with the continuing conversion of the church itself. In response to this reductionism, Guder pushes for a theology that recaptures the importance of the missio Dei, the mission of God, and how the church becomes the community sent into the world for the world rather than the bastion or institution of salvation.

Guder’s concept of continuing conversion is his way of capturing the church’s deepening understanding of the gospel as they take it to other cultures and peoples. Every particular culture’s translation of the gospel contributes a witness that corrects, expands, and challenges all other forms of witness in the worldwide church. The translatability of the gospel, combined with the sin nature of the saints, results in a desire to control the gospel message. The desire to control results in reductional translation

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In our secular yet post-secular, post-Christian yet multi-religious society, Christianity is becoming increasingly marginalized  . This article engages in a missional conversation with Darrell Guder, a seminal thinker in the Gospel and our Culture Network, seeking insights into how the global conversation on mission might apply the Australian context.

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Darrell Guder shows that the church's missionary calling requires that the theology and practice of evangelism be fundamentally rethought and redirected, focused on the continuing evangelization.

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Darrell Guder also serves as Senior Fellow in Residence at The Centre for Missional Leadership at St. Andrew's Hall on the campus of The University of British Columbia, Canada. He has served as secretary-treasurer of the American Society of Missiology (ASM) and was president of the ASM from 2007–2008. The Continuing Conversion of the Church: Evangelization as the Heart of Ministry (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000). In Sunday, Sabbath, and the Weekend: Managing Time in a Global Culture, eds. Edward O'Flaherty and Rodney L. Petersen, with Timothy A. Norton.

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Western society is now a very different, very difficult mission field. In such a situation, the mission of evangelism cannot succeed with an attitude of "business as usual." This volume builds a theology of evangelism that has its focus on the church itself. Darrell Guder shows that the church's missionary calling requires that the theology and practice of evangelism be fundamentally rethought and redirected, focused on the continuing evangelization of the church so that it can carry out its witness faithfully in today's world. In Part 1 Guder explores how, under the influence of reductionism and individualism, the church has historically moved away from a biblical theology of evangelism. Part 2 presents contemporary challenges to the church's evangelical ministry, especially those challenges that illustrate the church's need for continuing conversion. Part 3 discusses what a truly missional theology would mean for the church, including sweeping changes in its institutional structures and practices. Written for teachers, church leaders, and students of evangelism, this volume is vital reading for everyone engaged in mission work.
Guder does an excellent job of explaining the historical development of the current status of much of the church in the United States today. He describes the problem as "reductionism," a reducing of the good news to something less than the full gospel and then claiming that this reduced gospel is the full package. Western Christianity has consistently been reduced to the salvation of the individual soul and has forgotten that our identity as Christians is to be Christ's witnesses in the world, the community formed by God's calling that is sent to bear witness in our words, actions, and in community life. Guder's critique is much needed today with so much focus on strategies for church growth, marketing, focus on the individual, and use of secular big business methods. What the church needs is to be continually converted itself, engaging in constant Bible study and repentance from our culturally based reductionisms. Unless the church is continuously being evangelized itself, it cannot truly engage in the evangelization of the world.

This book is a great probing of the underlying causes of missional neglect in churches in America and Canada. His call for churches to repent and be converted to the Gospel is timely. Great book!

Came on time and as described.

This is certainly a profound, well written work. One can tell that Guder has thought long and hard on this, and has reflected as well on many others' reflection.
Here he presents the case against the Western Christian church which he feels has succumbed to gosepl reductionism. By this, he means when Christians reduce the gospel in all its fulness and mission to a controllable, manageable level. Pertinent to this understanding is this quote: "We are constantly tempted to assert that our way of understanding the Christian faith is a final version of Christian truth."
He resonates to the freeflowing tension always seeking to move Christianity along unknown paths, ever broadening and deepening its hold on humanity. Reductionism as he defines it severly restricts it as it diminshes what for him is vital and called its "incarantional witness." Here he refers to God's grace reaching out in a Christian's call and vocation.
He appears to drift back and forth from orthodoxy to something far from it, especially evidenced by his continued reference to ecumenism as being important and vital element in the repentance and continual conversion needed by Christianity. Although he speaks at length passionately about Jesus and the cross, he severely reproves the church for focus on salvation of individuals.
By continual conversion he refers to a rather liquid, dynamic movement in Christianity without boundaries, yet constantly refining what institution is already there. When Chrisitans becomed concerned about maintenance, then mission is lost. Continual conversion refers to this movement back to mission.
In many cases on many ecclesial and theological issues, he advocates a moderate position, but this only appears to be one mitigated by his resolve to movement from within existing ecclessiastic structures, rather than disbandonment and new ventures.
There is much to be contemplated in this writing that is worthwhile to reflect on even if one is not of the author's theological posture or without accepting his proposed remedies. Although careful to provide definitions, what is omitted from them and what is taken back at places where one felt good was given must be carefully discerned.

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When he wrote this book, Darrell Guder was Peachtree Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Thoelogical Seminary, Decatur, GA. He is now Princeton Theological Seminary's Dean of Academic Affairs and the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology.

Originally planned as a revision of his "Be My Witnesses," this book is instead its sequel. His thesis is that "the only way that evangelization can truly be the heart of ministry will be through the continuing conversion of the church," which can only take place through authentic interaction with the very gospel it professes, communicates and embodies.

The book is divided into three parts. In Part I, "The Church's Calling to Evangelistic Ministry," Guder examines in Chapter One the twentieth century debate about the church's mission against the background of a survey of church history and the prevalence of "diffusionist mission." This is Lamin Sanneh's term for Christendom's wedding of mission with colonialism, spreading the "cultural advantages" and culture patterns of the West in the guise of spreading the gospel. World War I and World War II overturned Christian self-confidence, while exposing westerners to the sophistication of other cultures they had formerly imagined as being pagan, uncomplicated, and monolithically needy. This encounter resulted in the Church reconsidering the nature of mission in a post-colonial world, finding its center in the Missio Dei (Mission of God), a theme highlighted in Karl Barth's address at the 1932 Brandenburg Missionary Conference. The chapter provides a concise and comprehensive overview of key terms, including mission, mission theology, missiology, explores the distinction between evangelism and evangelization, and the relationship between evangelism/evangelization and mission.

In Chapter Two he defines the gospel as fundamentally "the good news of God" as revealed in his saving acts in Christ in pursuit of the Mission of God and in proleptic revelation of the coming reign of God. Here, as throughout the volume, Guder portrays Jesus as both messenger and message of the gospel.

Chapter Three highlights "witness" as Guder's preferred master metaphor for the mission of the church, exploring the roots, contours and implications of the term.

Part II, "Challenges: The Church's Need for Conversion," begins, in Chapter Four by exploring "translation" as the task of evangelization. This includes not only linguistic translation, but translating the gospel into the culture of the receptors, whereby both the missionary and the receptors gain new insight into the meaning and impact of the gospel Chapters Five and Six explore reductionism, a major theme of the book, and how in every age, the church has exercised and maintained, domesticating the gospel. This has inevitably resulted in a truncated and distorted gospel which ill serves both missionary and receptor.

Part III, "Implications: The Conversion of the Church," examines the continual conversion of the local congregation, what, why, its how it is possible and to what end (Chapter Seven), and explores means toward the ongoing conversion of the institutional structures of the Church. The Book concludes with a final exhortatory postlude.

This book is the work of a seasoned scholar. It is comprehensive, tightly organized, well-researched and boldly prophetic, calling today's church to missional faithfulness. It calls the conservative Church to broaden its definition of mission and mainstream churches to explore more deeply what it means to be witnesses of Him in the varied contexts of life. Guder writes clearly and passionately, providing not only the rationale but also a blueprint for first steps toward authenticity for those troubled by the church's missional ambivalence on the one hand, or dissatisfied with bumper-sticker caricatures of the gospel, on the other. The book serves both the liberal and conservative side of the Protestant religious spectrum and deserves to be read by church too inclined to say "I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing," while not knowing that they are "wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked" (Rev 3:17).

For Messianic Jews seeking to identify and implement a missiology suited to the times, to the Jewish people, and to a post-misisonary Messianic Judaism, this work is valuable for the scope of the information it provides, and also for the gaps one finds throughout. These gaps are due to the supersessonist assumptions which have characterized the church since the second century. With the birth of the modern State of Israel, the mood of reflection that has come upon post-Holocaust Christianity, and the current emergence of a self-aware Messianic Jewish remnant, what is called for, yet totally missing from Guder's treatment and from almost the entire missiological community, is a post-supersessionist missiology sensitive to the unique and enduring covenant status of the Jewish people. Such a missiology can only have revolutionary implications for the contours of the gospel preached to the Jews, and how Yeshua-believing Jews ought to live out their faithfulness to the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, the God of Sinai.

This revolution is no mere contextualization of the gospel message for the Jewish context. Rather, it requires the convulsive realization that the Church has for two millennia reserved for itself alone the category "people of God," not reckoning with the persistence and implications of God's consummating plans for the descendants of Jacob. The church's question should not be merely the evangelistic question, "What should we do with regard to Jewish people?", but rather, "How do the descendants of Jacob fit in with the Missio Dei and what does that mean for us and our mission in the world?"

The church and the Jewish mission world have yet to grapple with these challenges. This demonstrates the need for a Messianic Jewish missiological voice to serve as a point of reference for a church and missions world which which must recalibrate their understandings if they would serve the will of God in these transitional and momentous times.

Dr Guder cannot be blamed for the supersessionism underlying his work, as he is a product of his context. Happily, he is also a courageous prophet to a church that needs to hear what he has to say.

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