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Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission

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"The most comprehensive and thorough study of the Christian mission done in this generation, if not this century".........Alan Neely
Paperback, 587 pages
Published March 1st 1991 by Orbis Books (first published 1991)
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 Rev. Bobbie
Aug 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: theologians
Ok not a light read but really answers the questions about how Mission and understanding of Mission has changed and is changing. It's best for reading a little here and a little there... especially since I don't have a class that uses this text...
Aug 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is a foundational study of the church and mission. It is divided in three sections: 1. NT Models of Mission, 2. Historical Paradigms of Mission, and 3.Toward a Relevant Missiology.

Part one examines the NT and asks how it sees the mission of the church to the world. And how the NT itself is a mission document. Bosch explores the perspective of Jesus, Matthew, Luke-Acts, Paul, and the early church.

Part two is a comprehensive history of the Church, with an eye on m
Gerard Kelly
Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it
What's there to say? This is the classic work; the definitive introduction to Missional thinking; the foundation of much that is now happening across the Western church. Read it for the sake of history, if not for your own learning and benefit.
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: textbooks
Bosch does an excellent job of illuminating church history through the lense of mission and why it is vital for the church to have a working understanding of both missional theology and praxis.
Though very dense, it is worth a read.
Rick Dugan
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bosch begins with the assumption that mission is a vital expression of the local church, but that it’s in a state of crisis due to changes and challenges both within and without. The dechristianization of the West and the religious pluralism emerging from global migration are erasing the lines between the Christian and non-Christian worlds changing the way other religions are engaged, blurring the lines between sending and receiving nations, and stimulating discussion on what activities constitu ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely biased in its interpretation of Scripture, and given to the problem of modernist historical criticism, but impressive in its scope and an excellent and praiseworthy conversation partner.
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is encyclopedic in more ways that one. First it is incredibly long. It is nearly 600 pages and the font is small and tightly spaced. Second, the tone is rather academic. Its poetic and aesthetic value may be low, but it's informational value is colossal. The author essentially traces the history of the theology of mission over the last 2,000 years of Christianity. Yes, it is as comprehensive as it sounds. But for anyone interested in a serious study of mission and more specifically the ...more
Frank Peters
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
On the back cover of this book, it is referred to as “a truly magisterial book”. Similarly, in Newbigin endorses the book with the words: “David Bosch’s work is a kind of Summa Missiologica. … it will surely be the indispensable foundation for the teaching of missiology for many years to come”. I fully agree with both endorsements, and am completely impressed with the breadth and depth of the book. The author outlines a historic analysis of the theology of mission from the beginning of the churc ...more
Brian Whited
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: missions
Bosch posits that mission has been transforming itself throughout history. Mission in the early church looked different from mission in the Enlightenment and is looking different as we enter the postmodern age. Bosch believed that this transformation was good and needed to be continued because we never have arrived; the way of accomplishing mission can always be improved. On another level, transforming describes the influence mission has on the world around us. An essential element of mission is ...more
Kyle Barton
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a massive book. Although there are certainly longer books out there (this one weighs in at 519 pages… long enough for me!), this book is massive in its attempt- to provide a sweeping and comprehensive presentation of the paradigm shifts that the church’s self-understanding of its missionary dimension has undergone throughout church history. It is David Bosch’s magisterial magnum opus and was well worth my time. Its density lies mainly in its parenthetical citations, which allows access t ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There isn't much that needs to be said by me about one of the most important missiological texts ever produced. My experience with TM was lengthy. I didn't just sit down and read it but picked at it and ruminated upon it for about five years. It accompanied me on many trips to many nations and constantly called on me to rethink how mission was done and about transforming reality. Honestly, I'm a bit at a loss now because I'm not sure what text is going to be fit to replace it as my go-to traveli ...more
Late DJ Bosch had in this work shown the development,problems and progess of the Christian mission down the ages.He demmonstates with an unparraled insight,his knowledge a d acumen in the areas of missiology and ecumenism.But more importantly is the humility with which he makes his point,reiterating from time to time, the fact of the unfinished study of and development of the Church. One is particularly touched by his adeptness in the history of Christianity and of the various Christian denomina ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this book in seminary and have re-read it for my D.Min studies. I have to commend Bosch for his extensive research, but he could have squeezed 100 pages out of this thing (rather than the 519 that it is). Bosch has some good content here and there, but his writing style is horrible; extremely wordy and dry. There's no denying that this book is a landmark text on the history of the concept of "mission," so it's a shame that it's so inaccessible and nothing that people would sit down and re ...more
Bosch's work in "Transforming Mission" is a seminal text in Missiology. The easiest way to describe this text is to simply state that it reads like Barth or Moltmann wrote a work on Missiology (so it's very trinitarian), but Bosch's work is much more informed about the particular topic at hand than the former two theologians. "Transforming Mission" should really be required reading for all Mission and Evangelism classes taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
So far it is a must read for those using or hearing the term missional. i find the term so over-used and misunderstood that this seminal work on the subject has been very helpful to read.
Mike Jorgensen
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent work. Pretty definitive within the field although a little dry for someone not wishing to specialize in missiology.
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was the best researched missiological text that I've read to date. The notations are very helpful in identifying other salient resources.
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dmin-research
Classic. Extremely thorough, wide-ranging, historical insight, contemporary analysis - on every bibliography that includes Mission.
Marc Potters
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Quite a comprehensive book about Mission, Missio Dei and the effect of Postmodernism at how we look at mission.
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Difficult but really good book. Helped establish my views on mission and the Church. A good follow up book is The Witness of God by John Flett.
Feb 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was tough for me to get used to the inline parenthetical citations. Once I did, this was a great book detailing the history of misseo dei.
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Widely considered the best book on mission. It shows the difference between the church having a mission department and the church being a mission department.
Vali Archip Stefan
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Good on history of mission (and church, and Christianity)!
Sep 04, 2012 added it
A fundamental work for the understanding of the mission of the Church. Incredible insights into history, cultures, and the Word of God. This is a reference book.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Classic missional text
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“…we do not have all the answers and are prepared to live within the framework of penultimate knowledge, that we regard our involvement in dialogue and mission as an adventure, are prepared to take risks, and are anticipating surprises as the Spirit guides us into fuller understanding. This is not opting for agnosticism, but for humility. It is, however, a bold humility—or a humble boldness. We know only in part, but we do know. And we believe that the faith we profess is both true and just, and should be proclaimed. We do this, however, not as judges or lawyers, but as witnesses; not as soldiers, but as envoys of peace; not as high-pressure salespersons, but as ambassadors of the Servant Lord.” 2 likes
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