The Priesthood of All Students
Historical, Theological and Missiological Foundations of a Global University Ministry
Drawing on archival records and firsthand accounts, this work explores the history, theology, and missiology of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). It examines how IFES’s commitment to immediacy, mediation, and participation are grounded upon a firm belief in the priesthood of all believers and a missional ecclesiology that presupposes God’s involvement in all aspects of life, including the university. It traces the impact of diverse cultures and theologies upon the manifoldexpressions of mission IFES has engaged, and the role of IFES in extending the presence of God’s people in places, and among ideologies, where traditional church structures have limited access.
This book is a powerful reminder of the transformative impact created when believers, whether students or otherwise, participate in the missio Dei as faithful and creative witnesses in their own contexts. Bearing relevance for all those interested in a Christian perspective on the university or the theological reverberations of student ministry, it also offers a robust theological framework for understanding the legitimacy of parachurch organizations and lay ministry.
Timothée Joset’s Priesthood of All Students is a welcome scholarly contribution to the missiological significance of student ministry in diverse contexts for the rapid expansion of global Christianity. I commend this book to all students of God’s mission in our generation and beyond.
Femi B. Adeleye, PhD
Institute for Christian Impact, Ghana
Akrofi-Christaller Institute for Theology, Mission and Culture, Ghana
This book is a timely contribution as we celebrate seventy-five years of IFES ministry, since its formation in 1947. Timothée Joset comes up with a fresh, passionate, energetic, yet thoughtful review of the past seventy-five years. This book is a must-read for all leaders within IFES today and those involved in university ministry.
Michel Kenmogne, PhD
SIL International Executive Director
Based on intense archival research, Joset’s ambitious history of IFES is both theological and global. This useful study will stimulate further research into the important contribution of IFES in the making of worldwide, multi-cultural evangelical Christianity. I highly recommend it.
Dana L. Robert, PhD
William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor,
Director, Center for Global Christianity and Mission,
Boston University, Massachusetts, USA
Evangelical ministry within universities has been a crucial shaper of the contours of contemporary world Christianity, especially in disproving the false connection too often drawn between conservative theology and indifference to issues of social justice. Timothée Joset’s well-documented and theologically informed history of IFES will become a standard source for future researchers.
Brian Stanley, PhD
Professor of World Christianity,
University of Edinburgh, UK
In seventy-five years a remarkable movement of Christian mission to university students has swept across more than 165 countries. How did this come to be? Timothée Joset’s learned and deeply researched book traces the incipient power of belief in a priesthood exercised by students that can be personally and institutionally transformative. Every leader in IFES and world missions to university will benefit immensely from the rich insights and searching issues that this book brings into the presentand heralds for the future.
Terence Halliday, PhD
Emeritus Research Professor,
American Bar Foundation and Honourary Professor,
Australian National University, Australia
Table of Contents
- List of Abbreviations
- Part 1: A Selective Overview of the History of IFES
- 1 Student Work before IFES (1800–1909)
- 2 The Master Narrative of a Separation (1909–1935)
- 3 Meeting for Conferences (1934–1946)
- 4 It All Began in a Changing World (1946–1962)
- 5 Good News for a World of Revolutions? The 1960s
- 6 When the South Comes North: The 1970s
- 7 Growing Partnerships: The 1980s
- 8 A New World Map to Finish a Century: The 1990s
- 9 IFES in a New Millennium
- Part 2: IFES Activities
- 10 The Practical Functioning of Student-Led Ministry
- Part 3: Ecclesiological and Missiological Reflection in IFES
- 11 A Firm Basis
- 12 IFES Authors Discussing Ecclesiology
- Part 4: Theological Resources
- 13 The Priesthood of All Believers
- 14 Dogmatic Reflections: Laypeople in the Church
- 15 Missional Ecclesiology
- 16 A Ministry of Expansion? Roland Allen’s Missiology and IFES Ministry
- 17 Participation in the Missio Dei
- 18 Apostolicity, Theology and Missionary Expansion
- Part 5: Some Ways Ahead
- 19 Student Ministry in the Light of the Priesthood of All Believers
- 20 General Conclusion .
- Appendix 1: Two Speeches That Changed Evangelicalism
- Appendix 2: The IFES Doctrinal Basis
- Appendix 3: Bibliology in the Doctrinal Basis