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On June 8, 2022, Dr. Kirsteen Kim delivered the inaugural Gailyn Van Rheenen Lecture in Mission and World Christianity at the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference, held at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Kim is the Paul E. Pierson Chair in World Christianity and Associate Dean for the ...

Martin Rodriguez sits down with Craig Van Gelder, professor emeritus of congregational mission at Luther Seminary. They discuss his experiences as a North American missiologist and church consultant who has made major contributions to missional ecclesiology, especially in the areas of cultural analysis, missional imagination, and pneumatology.

Our Guest

Craig Van Gelder served as tenured professor of congregational mission at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, having taken this position in 1998 following ten years as professor of domestic missiology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI. Ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1984 and the Christian Reformed Church in 1990, Van Gelder combines a practical and academic interest in helping congregations engage in mission.  Much of his practical interest stems from working as a consultant for over two decades in assisting congregations in strategic planning and processes of organizational change.  He continues to engage in some consulting work in addition to his teaching responsibilities.

He is a member of the American Society of Missiology, the Gospel and Our Culture Network, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Urban Affairs Association.

After earning a BA from Georgia State University in 1970, Van Gelder received an MDiv degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, in 1978.  He holds a PhD in missions from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1982) and a PhD in administration in urban affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington (1985).

He has authored, coauthored, contributed to, and edited numerous volumes, including Participating in God's Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America (2018), The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (2011), The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit (2007), The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit (2000), Confident Witness-Changing World: Rediscovering the Gospel in North America (1999), is a contributing author of Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (1998), and of The Church Between Gospel and Culture: The Emerging Mission in North America (1996).

Publications Mentioned

  • Darrell Guder, ed., Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America. Gospel and Our Culture Network (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998).
  • Craig Van Gelder, The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000).
  • Craig Van Gelder and Dwight Zscheile, The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation, The Missional Network (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011).
  • Craig Van Gelder and Dwight Zscheile, Participating in God's Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America, The Gospel and Our Culture Series (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018).


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 Global Development

Darrell Whiteman's consulting ministry. From the website:

The mission of Global Development is to enable missionaries, pastors, and lay people to better distinguish the universal message of the gospel from their local interpretation and practice of living out the gospel within their communities.

The strategies for accomplishing ...