In his book, The Continuing Conversion of the Church, Darrell Guder suggests “witness” should be a key image for understanding the mission of the church. He writes,
If we understand mission as witness and seek to be guided by the biblical language of witness, the missiologically structured theology of evangelism will have to include these emphases:
Witness is theocentric … Christocentric … pneumatological … historical … eschatological … ecclesiological … multicultural and ecumenical. (p.62)
He offers a brief descriptor of each of these and then expands them in the following pages.
Connecting mission with witness keeps us cerntered on that which we have experienced, heard, seen , touched, tasted, shared …
Could the church rethink itself in these categories? Should the church rethink itself in these categories?