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Adult/Child Dyad and Missiology

Presentation for EMS Mar 9, 2013

David Scott

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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!
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
clean up
reading up
the upshot
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.
What's the Big Deal About
Children Being Partners in Mission?
children need protection!
Children are living representations of the Kingdom of God. They are both
Not Yet
Developing Beings with
Changing Capacities
Unique Contributions of Children
Responsibility is initially held by adults
Safe Spaces
Serve Others
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."
God is our Father
He is inviting us to
in His mission
Participation in the Missio Dei
What are
children and youth
already contributing naturally?
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