Participating in God’s Mission through Community Development
The area of community development provides a unique opportunity for the church to partner with God in his mission to see the world transformed.
In Transforming Church, Tim Monger draws from over a decade of experience working in integral mission alongside local congregations in East Africa. Providing an overview of the current landscape of African community development, he engages the question of how the church can be truly effective in alleviating poverty and bringing hope to its communities. He explores the theological and biblical foundations for integral mission, alongside its practical realities, and casts a vision for what can be achieved when the church engages the development context in ways that are biblically grounded, culturally appropriate and practically relevant.
This book is an excellent resource for practitioners, students and Christian leaders involved, or seeking to be involved, in rural and urban community development, especially in Africa. Transforming Church calls readers to think biblically, theologically and culturally about their work, while inviting them to expand their vision of the church’s role in ushering in the kingdom of God.
The ideas in this book are not ivory tower ideas; they come from a theologian with a heart for the community. I highly recommend this book and I hope it will be used by the African church in its quest to fulfil God’s mission on the continent.
GIFT MTUKWA, PhD
Chair of Department of School of Religion and Christian Ministry, Africa Nazarene University, Kenya
This informative book can serve as a profound resource as the church seeks to be God’s renewing good news in the world, bringing healing, justice, “bread” on the table and peace in the community.
CHARLES RINGMA, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Missions and Evangelism Regent College, Canada
It is vital that the church in Africa takes the good news of Jesus Christ into every sphere to bring about a thorough transformation of society. I commend Transforming Church as a book to help the church to fulfil this vision.
BARNABAS MTOKAMBALI, DMin
Archbishop of Tanzania Assemblies of God
Tim Monger has gifted us with a powerful, inspiring book about the distinctive role of community transformation within the holistic mission of God and thus within the church’s holistic, integrated mission. As he emphasizes, the transforming church will itself be the church transformed. Highly recommended!
MICHAEL J. GORMAN, PhD
Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Maryland, USA
Table of Contents
- 1 Integral Mission: Will the Church in Africa Take up the Mantle?
- 2 Community Development within the Overarching Story of God’s Mission (Part 1)
- 3 Community Development within the Overarching Story of God’s Mission (Part 2)
- 4 African, Western and Biblical Worldviews
- 5 Working with the Church for Its Mission
- 6 Integration and Integrity in Mission
- 7 Designing the Project to Enable the Local Church to Participate More in God’s Mission
- 8 Participating with God to Carry out the Project Faithfully
- 9 Being Captured by God’s Larger Purpose and Wider Mission
- 10 A God-Filled and God-Like Church among Its Community