Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Asian Society of Missiology: Bangkok 2007 Declaration

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Asian Society of Missiology: Bangkok 2007 Declaration

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Preamble: Asian and select non-Asian missiologists gathered at the Grand Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, from October 30 to November 2, 2007, to hold the first international Conference of the Asian Society of Missiology. (1) The theme of the conference was "Asian Mission: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow." The purpose was to consider the challenges of contemporary mission as it emerges out of the past, intersects with the present, and takes us into the future, from the perspectives of history, theology, leadership development, and strategy. At the conclusion of the conference, which included presentations, responses, open forums, and small group discussions, the Asian Society of Missiology adopted the following affirmations.

1. We affirm that our mission as the people of God is the proclamation of the Good News of reconciliation through the atoning death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

2. We affirm that people are the special objects of God's reconciling mission, and that those who are reconciled have the privilege and the obligation of living their lives in ways consistent with this Gospel and congruent with their specific cultural contexts.

3. We affirm proclamation of the whole Gospel, including its practical expressions of God's love through medicine, education, community development, and all other endeavors that are biblically sound and contextually appropriate. Although we are aware of both historical and contemporary shortcomings in mission praxis, we acknowledge and celebrate those practices that are good. We further affirm the importance of sensitive interaction with people of other faiths and ideologies. …

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