Missional Church: Vision, Learning, Refocus

THEME: Discover what it means to realign with God’s vision as it is revealed to us. We need a shift in perspective from “the church of God with a mission for the world” to “the God of mission with a church in the world.”


SCHEDULE: Monday-Thursday, September 28 – October 1, 2015
7:00 pm KEYNOTE: The Vision of the Missional Church by Darrell Guder – Followed by Q&A Park View Mennonite Church
8:00 am Address to missiology class (Linford Stutzman) EMU Library room 304
11:00 am Chapel Address Eastern Mennonite Seminary
Noon Informal discussion over lunch Eastern Mennonite Seminary Foyer
7:30 am VMC Pastor's Breakfast: Having heard Monday evening's presentation, what does it mean to local congregations and leaders interested in realignment with their respective missional directions? *Reservations required + $10 for meal by Sept. 18* Park View Fellowship Hall
10:00 am EMU Chapel (EMU Mission & Service Day): Reflections on Darrell’s faith and call story as it relates to his understanding of mission Lehman Auditorium
11:30 am – 1:30 Mission & Service Lunch and conversation with students Cafeteria
5:30 pm – 7 pm Mission & Service Dinner followed by Q&A time Cafeteria
11:00 am Eastern Mennonite Seminary Chapel Address Seminary Chapel
Noon – 1:00 Conversational lunch with Bible & Religion students Cafeteria
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Register online for the VMC Pastor’s Breakfast with Darrell Guder (Cost: $10 cost for meal)


Darrell Guder

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Darrell Guder is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, he served as a student outreach pastor and as a faculty member of the Karlshohe College in the German Lutheran Church. His writing and teaching focus on the theology of the missional church, especially the theological implications of the paradigm shift to post-Christendom as the context for Christian mission in the West. One of his major research interests is reading Barth as a missional theologian He has served as secretary-treasurer of the American Society of Missiology (ASM) and was president of the ASM from 2007–2008. His scholarly translations include Otto Weber, Foundations of Dogmatics (2 vols.); Eberhard Jüngel, God as the Mystery of the World; Karl Barth, The Theology of the Reformed Confessions (with Judith Guder; and Eberhard Busch, The Great Passion: An Introduction to the Theology of Karl Barth (with Judith Guder). He also coordinates the annual Barth Translator’s Seminar every June immediately following the annual Karl Barth conference.