This dissertation is a study into the missional impulse of the Lebanese Baptist Church. This is accomplished through field research, through case studies, and through an assessment of how the Lebanese crises of the last ten years, as well as theological education, have helped shape the Lebanese Baptist Church. In order to do that, I use a body of missional church literature as a theological tool for conversation with the Lebanese Baptist Church. This body of literature comes out of the Missional Church movement of the Gospel and Our Culture Network in addition to other authors that extended that initial conversation. My approach to this study is autoethnographic. I have been part of the Lebanese Baptist Church for most of its young life. My lived experience growing up in this Baptist community and now one of its leaders for the last fifteen years, gives me an understanding and insight into the inner workings of the Lebanese Baptist Church. I have also been exposed to a missional church framework in Canada and in Lebanon, academically, in church life, in corporate life, and in seminary life. I am passionate about the Church in Lebanon, and I am passionate about missio Dei, God’s mission in the world. My ultimate passion is to witness a Lebanese Baptist Church with an effective missional witness among its neighbors. Consequently, the purpose of this study is to offer a theological framework for the Lebanese Baptist Church to consider as it revisits its ecclesiology to match its evolving praxis.
|Award date||10 Jun 2021|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Jun 2021|