THE FUTURE OF MISSIONAL THEOLOGY
Dates: 19 – 21 January 2015
Time: 09:00 – evenings until ±18:00 – Last day till 13:00
Venue: Attie van Wijk Auditorium, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University
Registration fee: R500 (including lunches and refreshments)
Accommodation and travel: Own responsibility
The missional church conversation (although different terminology may also be used), is a broad and urgent conversation in which most churches seem to be involved in some way. The report of the World Council of Churches on this theme confirms the importance of the conversation. For example in South Africa, the Dutch Reformed Church, at the last synod meeting, took a formal decision stating that it wants to be a missional church with missional congregations.
This decision must now be implemented – and that is another ball-game. A suggestion is therefore made that a broader open conference is held with participants from different churches in SA (and elsewhere!)
The conference is jointly presented by Ekklesia, an ecumenical centre of the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University and Communitas, a network of services to congregations of the URC Cape and the DRC Western and Southern Cape.
(Some of the speakers still need to confirm their participation – we hope to have a final programme by the end of the month.)
DAY 1: 19 January –10:00 – ±18:00 THE HISTORY AND ROOTS OF THE MISSIONAL MOVEMENT
- The background and roots of the current Missional Movement – Darrell Guder
- The place of the missional movement in the Ecumenical Church – Jerry Pillay
- The history and current state of the missional movement in the US – Pat Keifert
- The history and current state of the missional movement in Germany – Michael Herbst
- The history and current state of the missional movement in the UK – Graham Cray
- The history and current state of the missional movement in South Africa – Coenie Burger
Responses and round table session: What have we learnt?
DAY 2: 20 January – 09:00 – ±18:00 WHERE SHOULD WE BE GOING?
- The Future of Missional Theology: Dangers and Possibilities – Piet Naudé
- The Future of Missional Theology: Dangers and Possibilities – Pat Keifert
- The Future of the Missional Movement and Missional Churches – Darrell Guder
- The Future of the Missional Movement and Missional Churches – Stephan Paas
Afternoon: Four or five parallel workshops
Late afternoon: Responses and round table panel session: What have we learnt?
DAY 3: 21 January – 09:00 – 13:00 HOW DO WE TAKE THE MISSIONAL PROCESS INTO DENOMINATIONS
- Experiences with denominations in the US – Pat Keifert and Stanley Green
- Experiences with denominations in the UK – Graham Cray and Nigel Rooms
- Experiences with denominations in SA – Nelus Niemandt and Frederick Marais
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