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Roxburgh on Mapmaking

Posted by Mark Lau Branson on September 21, 2012

Alan Roxburgh continues to provide books that connect the dots between theological matters concerning the gospel and the Trinity’s life and initiatives, the major cultural shifts in late modernity, and how churches and their leaders can live faithfully into their contexts. In Missional Map-makingĀ he describes some of the maps that churches currently use, noting why they no longer serve us well. For example, strategic planning may have some usefulness in specific circumstances, but as a rubric for church initiatives it tends to fail. Roxburgh instead wants church leaders to become cartographers – because our maps are outdated. Student comments here will focus on the sources and shapes of our out-dated maps, the experiences we face in our own contexts that define our changing reality, and why old maps don’t work.

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