n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Contemplative encounter and mission praxis
|Article Title||Contemplative encounter and mission praxis|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Publication Date||Nov 2009|
|Pages||24 - 36|
|Keyword(s)||Contemplative, Contemplative prayer, Encounter, Missio Dei, Mission, Missional, Mysticism and Spiritual growth|
Encounter has been one of the key areas of study and research for Klippies Kritzinger. It has shaped much of his missiological thought. With this as inspiration I have taken the missiological concept of encounter and looked at its relationship to the encounter that takes place in the stages of contemplative prayer. I first explain the nature of contemplative encounter and then relate it to missional encounter using Miroslav Volf's metaphor of embrace. Finally, I make a case for the need for mysticism and missiology to be brought into dialogue so that missional encounters are informed by the Missio Dei rather than one's own plans and programmes.
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