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14 March 2019

Mission Round Table—Vol. 9 No. 1 May 2014

Missional Creation Care

This edition of the Mission Round Table is offered as a contribution to the exploration of the place of creation care in mission. It interleaves missiological reflections with accounts of creation care ministry from different contexts in Asia and Africa. It includes OMF’s statement on the theological basis for creation care, which was developed by the Fellowship in 2013.

Guest Editor
David Gould, OMF Creation Care Advocate

David is OMF’s Creation Care Advocate; he is tasked with exploring the growing ecological challenges, their impacts on the peoples of East Asia, and appropriate missional responses from OMF. He worked as an architect in the UK before he and his wife Ruth joined OMF in 2002.

OMF International’s Theological Basis for Creation Care

Synopsis: This statement explores God’s purposes and concern for his creation. It does not attempt to address every question that can be raised, but rather seeks to foster caring for creation as part of what it means to live as obedient disciples of Christ. Mission Round Table Vol. 9 No. 1 INTRODUCTION This statement explores [...]

Church Planting and Creation Care among the Mangyan in Mindoro, Philippines

Synopsis: Jocelyn Dino tells the story of OMF’s engagement with integral mission among the Mangyan tribes of Mindoro in the Philippines. The fruit of this work has included liberation from spiritual bondage, the birth of a missional church movement, and transformation of the relationship of the Mangyan to their land. Jocelyn Dino Jocelyn has worked [...]

Gospel, Land, Community: Creation Care in the Mission of God

Synopsis: Mike Griffiths uses biblical precedents to explore issues of place and land-use in the context of mission in communities elsewhere in Southeast Asia. He demonstrates that creation care goes beyond issues of personal practice, and extends to seeking God’s just rule to community life, changing the way people relate to God, each other, and [...]

Alternative Technology and Mission

Synopsis: Joel Chaney and Gareth Selby give examples of how creation care ministry can extend beyond sustainable food production to include alternative technology, and how this has provided opportunities for evangelism. Joel Chaney Gareth Selby Joel is a director of CREATIVenergie and works as a researcher for Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. He has a PhD [...]

Can We Serve the Earth Without Worshipping it? Mission, Missions, and Monkeys in South Asia

Synopsis: Lowell Bliss recounts how his commitment to creation care grew out of his church planting ministry in South Asia. He explores the connections between creation care and worship of the Creator, and the interrelationships between five marks of mission, including creation care. Lowell Bliss Lowell is the director of Eden Vigil, and the author [...]

From Creation to New Creation: Missions and the Natural World

Synopsis: Walter McConnell examines what the Bible says on the themes of creation, dominion, and new creation, and their application for missions. He calls the Christian reader to develop a good biblical theology of creation that explains how we are to relate to environmental and ecological issues. Walter McConnell Walter is the International Coordinator for [...]

Creation, Gospel and Mission

Synopsis: Chris Wright reflects on the connections between creation, gospel, and mission, and some of its eschatological implications. He also comments on the statement in the Lausanne Cape Town Commitment that “creation care is … a gospel issue within the Lordship of Christ.” He shows that “ecological action now is both a creational responsibility from [...]

Creation care in the mission of CIM and OMF: People and Places

David Gould provides an overview of creation care in the mission of CIM/OMF. By David Gould David is OMF’s Creation Care Advocate; he is tasked with exploring the growing ecological challenges, their impacts on the peoples of East Asia, and appropriate missional responses from OMF. He worked as an architect in the UK before he [...]