"What's With All of this 'Missional' Talk? by Sam Logan

April 20, 2013
Sam Logan

A friend recently wrote me to say that he thought that the term “missional” is becoming so common as to be meaningless.

He has a point.

But I am not sure that he is fully correct.  The more widely-used a term becomes, the more care must be exercised to demonstrate both the intrinsic meaning and the practical implications of the term.

And this is precisely the reason why, in August of this year, the WRF will publish a volume entitled, “Reformed Means Missional: Following Jesus Into the World.”

The volume contains the following material:

What Do We Mean by the Word ‘Missional’?” by Dr. Christopher Wright, International  Director of the Langham Partnership and author of The Mission of God.

“What’s the Point in Believing and Doing the Right Things: A Missional Approach Orthodox Belief and Moral Behavior” by Dr. Samuel Logan, International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship.

“The Book of Romans and the Missional Mandate” by Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, Founder/President of Martin Bucer Theological Seminary

“A Missional Response to Poverty and Social Injustice” by Dr. P. J. Buys, Associate International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship

“What is God’s Global Urban Mission?“ by Dr. Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, New York

“A Missional Approach to the Health of the City,” by Dr. Susan Post, Executive Director of Esperanza Health Service in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“A Missional Response to Global Violence Against Women,” by Dr. Diane Langberg, Founder of Diane Langberg and Associates

“Worship and Children: A Missional Response to Child Abuse” by Dr. Basyle Tchividjian, Executive Director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments)

“God Scatters to Gather Through His People: A Missional Response to Migrant Churches,” by Dr. Elias Medeiros, Harriet Barbour Professor of Missions at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

“Dogma Meets Diversity in Europe – A Missional Response to Secularity,” by Rev. Robert Calvert, Senior Minister of Scots International Church, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

“The Missional Challenge of Islam: A Very Diverse People, Religion, and Culture,” by Dr. John Leonard, Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“A Missional Understanding of Hidden Believers,” by Dr. John Nicholls, Chief Executive Officer of the London City Mission.

“A Missional Understanding of the Jewish People,” by Rev. David Zadok, Director of HeGefen Publishing Company and Israel Field Director of Christian Witness to Israel

“A Missional Approach to Homosexual Strugglers in the Church and the Gay Community,” by Rev. John Freeman, Founder and President of Harvest USA

“Keeping Christ’s Church Faithful” by the Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi, Archbishop of Uganda (Church of England)

“Missional Theological Education: 21st Century Majority World Challenges,” by Dr. Matthew Ebenezer, Professor of Church History at New Theological College in Dehra Dun, India

 “Understanding Denominational Structures Missionally” by Dr. Ron Scates, Senior Minister of Highland Park Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Dallas, Texas

“When Schism is NOT Schism: A Missional Approach to Leaving a Denomination” by Dr. Rob Norris, Senior Pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland 

“The Missional Unity of the Church” by  Dr. John Armstrong, Founder and President of ACT 3, a ministry for equipping leaders for unity in Christ's mission.

“Oneness and Witness: Missional Reflections on the Prayer that Changed the World” by Rev. Mark Johnston, Senior Pastor of Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

“Word and Deed in Missional Worship and Ministry,” by Dr. Craig Higgins, Senior Minister of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA)  in Rye, New York

“Crafting an Evangelical, Reformed, and Missional Theology for the 21st Century” by Dr. Andrew McGowan, Chair of the WRF Theology Commission

“Missional is Mission-Critical” by Frank James. President of Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania

Over the coming months, we will be exploring these and other topics in this blog site. 

Check back regularly!


Sam Logan is International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship and President Emeritus of Westminster Theological Seminary (PA).   He is an ordained minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.  He is married to Susan and they have two sons and two grandsons.  He may be conmtacted at samueltlogan@aol.com.

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