Course

Communicating Faith in a Postmodern Culture

Lecturer: Dr Miroslav Pujic

 

1. Engage With the Present (Society)

2. Ethos of Postmodernism (Culture)

3. Foundation of Mission (Theology)

4. Out of the Box ... Into the Ministry (Ecclesiology)

5. Telling the Story, More Like Lovers & Artists (Communication)

6. Visual Faith (Media)

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Rationale

1. The majority culture in the European setting is postmodern, 46% of a total population. This number goes up to 1.8 billion

    people around the world, therefore there is a need for relevant and authentic approach to these people to make them

    disciples of Christ.

 

2. People tend to think:

    a. the greatest mission fields are foreign places where people look, talk, and dress differently

    b. the people next door will eventually be like us

    c. everything about postmodernism is liberal and relativistic

    d. tradition is more important than sharing Jesus

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Benefits

1. To help shift the paradigm in doing evangelism

    a. away from event-only evangelism to process evangelism, where every pastor and member acknowledges the call for "every member a minister"

    b. from seeing people as targets to treating them like Jesus did - as friends and equals, while sharing the story of what God has done for our lives personally

    c. from dropping new believers as soon as they're baptised, to nurturing them into full Christian maturity and spiritual strength over time.

 

2. To inspire pastors

    a. because no matter how frustrating evangelism may seem, there really is a way to better understand the people they want to reach

    b. to lead their churches toward purposeful involvement with the local community

    c. that there are proven and effective ways to evangelise postmodern generation

    d. to remember that discipleship takes time, sometimes years, and just because it doesn't always pay off in big immediate numbers doesn't mean it isn't effective.

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