The Theology of Development - A Biblical Understanding of Christian Mission and Community Development


This is a seven-lesson series designed to help participants deepen their biblical understanding of Christian mission and community development. 

This deepened understanding can impact all areas of life—including relationships with God, self, neighbors, and environment. In addition, the ideas can be applied to any line of work.

The church of Jesus Christ has vital roles as a witness to the power of the gospel and an agent of change in the world.

The capacity of the church to fulfill its roles depends, among other things, on Christians having a good grasp of how the biblical story reveals God’s own purposes and intentions. These lessons can help Christian leaders learn and grow together in understanding how the “wide and long and high and deep” love of God makes a difference for every part of the creation.

None of these lessons is a “final word”—they are insights along the journey of discovery. They help participants think about God, Christian faith, the mission of the church, and more. The Holy Spirit has revealed far more and will still reveal more than these lessons contain. They are only useful tools that will drive participants deeper into the biblical story and lead them all more faithfully into the missionary life of the church in relation to community development.

Through sharing of personal experience, through discussion of new ideas, and through study of Scripture, these lessons help adults continue a lifelong journey of exploring their faith and God’s calling for Christians and the church in this world. 

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