The Missional Paradigm and Effective Seminary Education

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Culture, Discipleship, Kingdom of God, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Pastoral Renewal, Renewal, The Christian Minister/Ministry, The Church, The Future7 Comments

Last week I wrote several blogs on the state of theological education in North America. I suggested that seminaries need to adjust their mission to the rapidly changing context of the church in twenty-first century America. I further suggested that we need to teach theology and mission as integrated topics, not as separate or unrelated academic disciplines. This story, told … Read More

Ethnography – Developing the Pastoral Skill of Mission

John ArmstrongAmerican Evangelicalism, Culture, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Emergent Church, Evangelism, Kingdom of God, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Renewal, The Church, The FutureLeave a Comment

Yesterday, I noted that Dr. Robert Price, associate professor of evangelism and urban ministry at Northern Seminary in Lombard (IL), says, “Ethnography is the pastoral skill of mission. Leaders need to be ‘participant observers,’ to get inside the story of the context, from whence we proclaim the gospel.” When I read this quote it grabbed my interest and then made … Read More

The Rise of Ecumenism and Why It Matters

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Church History, Church Tradition, Current Affairs, Emergent Church, History, Kingdom of God, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church4 Comments

A little over 100 years ago the World Missionary Conference in Edinburgh (1910) was a prophetic foretaste of a century-plus renewal of Christian ecumenism, a renewal that has proved to be quite substantial on many different levels. If the truth is told I believe we have made more progress than the participants at the famous Edinburgh Conference imagined at the … Read More

The Missional Perspective and Its Meaning for the Church in North America

John ArmstrongACT 3, America and Americanism, Church History, Culture, Discipleship, Emergent Church, Kingdom of God, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, The Future6 Comments

A theology of the church that confesses the Christian community to be missio Dei (mission of God) means that the church is much more than a voluntary association of members joined by various means and methods. It is – “the household of God” – the place where Christ dwells by the Spirit with his people upon the earth. When this understanding … Read More

Theology and Missional Church: How Shall We Respond to Our Seismic Culture Shifts?

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Apologetics, Culture, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Emergent Church, Evangelism, Kingdom of God, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Renewal, The Church, The Future36 Comments

Theology is vitally important. To listen to many progressively oriented voices these days you’d  think that theology really doesn’t really matter, only love for our neighbors. Christians who are serious about the once-for-all revealed faith must understand that this is a false contrast. Both theology and love matter. Indeed, they matter profoundly. Good theology will actually help you to understand … Read More

ACT3: A Network Rooted in Love

John ArmstrongACT 3, Biblical Theology, Kingdom of God, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, The Future4 Comments

ACT3 added the word “network” to our name last year. The reason for this is both pragmatic and utilitarian. The word “network” had its origin in technology, so far as I can tell, but it has become a useful modern word to describe “an informally interconnected group or association of persons, as friends or professional colleagues” (Merriam-Webster online dictionary, 2013). … Read More

ACT3: Where It Began and Where We Believe God is Leading Us

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Culture, Current Affairs, Discipleship, Kingdom of God, Leadership, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, Personal, The Church, The Future, Unity of the Church1 Comment

I am often asked, “When and how did you first get the idea to launch a mission like ACT3?” I could go back to my childhood, at least on one level, but I think the most accurate answer is to go back to the year 1981. That was the year I began what we called: “The Whitefield Ministerial Fellowship.” This … Read More

Why Has the Missional Movement Not Pursued Ecumenism More Seriously?

John ArmstrongACT 3, American Evangelicalism, Discipleship, Kingdom of God, Missional Church, Missional-Ecumenism, The Church, Unity of the Church1 Comment

In yesterday’s blog I wrote in the final paragraph: Only in unity can we remove the scandal of our myriad schisms and heal our frequent divisions, divisions that destroy our witness to the world of the 21st century. Dialogue may not get us to where we need to be, at least not by itself, but it has to be the … Read More