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Adult/Child Dyad and Missiology

Presentation for EMS Mar 9, 2013

David Scott

on 8 March 2013

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Transcript of Adult/Child Dyad and Missiology

Dave H. Scott
Fuller Seminary Paternalism, Dependency and the Missio Dei:
Reflections on Missiology from Child Participation schema theory Theology is no different! Missiology:
Changing the World One Dyad at a Time Placing a Child at the Center of Missiology Aren't children a special case? Redeemed Adult/Child Dyad Compassionate Responsibility Application to the Missio Dei God invites us all to participate in His mission, at whatever stage of our development we might be. Schemas are the building blocks
of human thought and perception Learned, internalized patterns of thought-feeling that mediate both the interpretation of on-going experience and the reconstruction of memories. Early Schemas warmth hunger pain up mother clean up upstairs reading up the upshot upside-
down uplifted God is my Father God is not my Father One of the key emphases of missiological concern has always been on how those who see themselves as being in the Church perceive those whom they see as outside of it. The task of doing mission forces these ongoing reevaluations. It seems clear that God designed the missional task in this way, and responsible Christians cannot avoid it. Our theology, and our missiology, must change over time as the realities in our world change and as the Church attempts to remain a relevant witness to the Gospel of Christ. Background:
What's the Big Deal About
Children Being Partners in Mission? children need protection! dependency domination Children are living representations of the Kingdom of God. They are both Now Not Yet Developing Beings with
Changing Capacities Unique Contributions of Children Responsibility is initially held by adults Safe Spaces Mentoring Empowering
Youth Serve Others Humility Freedom and Opportunity to Create Learn and Contribute Fulfill Potential Loving Concern Be protected Redeem the dignity of submission and obedience while affirming the integrity of personhood Opportunity to understand the Christ-like use of power and authority. We can trust God not to give us more responsibility than we can handle. The Holy Spirit is with us, supporting us, giving opportunities, and appropriate responsibility Joel 2:28 "Then, after doing all those things,
I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your old men will dream dreams,
and your young men will see visions." Acts 2:17 "In the last days." God says,
"I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prohesy.
Your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams." If
God is our Father
He is inviting us to
in His mission
Participation in the Missio Dei
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