John Stott as a Facilitator of Global Missional Theology

In a significant 2006 article, missionary anthropologist Paul Hiebert (1932-2007) argued that a significant aspect of global mission should be mediating the work of global theology. He wrote: “missionaries are bridge persons, culture mediators, who stand between different human worlds . . . global discussions on contextualization need missionaries and global leaders who understand both the gospel and human cultures well and can bridge between them” (Hiebert 2006, 297). Since Hiebert’s article was written, a significant output of literature has come from evangelicals—both western and majority world scholars—on global theology. In this paper, I will show that John Stott (1921-2011), rector of All Souls, Langham Place, and global ambassador for mission in the Lausanne Movement, anticipated Hiebert’s admonition and, since the 1960s, acted as an early innovator in global theologizing. I will support this claim by focusing on Stott’s work within the Lausanne Movement and from that argue for Stott’s principles for facilitating global theology.

4 thoughts on “John Stott as a Facilitator of Global Missional Theology”

  1. Important topic
    This is an interesting topic. In my years at CHT we have not had a focus on mission history, which is one area we state is part of our group. The abstract and thesis could have been a bit more detailed (I debated between 3 & 4 stars because of that).
    In short, this could work for our session.

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  2. Important topic, needs more fleshed out
    I agree, as well. Just don’t know how much research has been done on this and it sounds a bit descriptive. I think highly of Smither’s work and am certain it will be a good paper, but maybe better situated in another unit.

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  3. Timely and inherently interesting
    I like this topic. I think it has cross-over potential with other areas of interest. Our recent papers on twentieth-century evangelicals have generated real interest among those who attended.

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