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Imagining Mission with John V. Taylor

Imagining Mission with John V. Taylor

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334059509
Published: 30/08/2020

The impact that John V. Taylor had on our contemporary understanding of mission is vast - his determination that mission should mean engagement across cultural boundaries has deep resonance today.

In Imagining Mission with John V. Taylor, leading missional thinkers Cathy Ross and Jonny Baker invite us into a vision of church, mission and society which takes John V. Taylor's ideas seriously, seeking to imagine what Taylor's insights might mean for these three areas in our contemporary context.

The result is a clarion call to the church to take bigger risks and dream bigger dreams.

Acknowledgements vii

Intro ix

Part One – Church

1 Leap over the Wall or Perish 3

2 In the Name of Christ the Innovator 23

Part Two – Mission

3 An Adventure of the Imagination 49

4 Cherish the Weakness of Limited Means 70

Part Three – Society

5 Enough is Enough! 97

6 The Yeast of Nonconformity 121

Outro 147

Index 153

Cathy Ross, Jonny Baker

Cathy Ross is Head of Pioneer Mission Leadership Training, CMS, Oxford. She comes from Aotearoa/NZ and has written and edited numerous books. Jonny Baker is Director for Mission Education at CMS.

"This is one of the most significant books I've ever read! Cathy and Jonny have tapped into a source that can revolutionize our understanding of church, and the mission that calls church forth. Taylor's creativity and imagination, and Cathy and Jonny's as well, can stir up the creativity and imagination that is latent in us all to "leap over the wall." -- Stephen B. Bevans, Catholic Theological Union, USA

"John V. Taylor teaches us that mission is not a subset of theology, as has been traditionally thought. Theology, rather, is a but a subset of the mission of God – a mission focussed finally on Jesus Christ. There is no more vital lesson the church today needs to learn than that. This book is a great stimulus to help us take it to heart."  -- Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro

"J.V. Taylor's mission thinking brought his learning from the African church to an international audience. This insightful and reflective book brings Taylor's blend of spirituality and scholarship to a new generation of mission practitioners." -- Emma Wild-Wood, University of Edinburgh