Central to the mission of Seattle Pacific Seminary’s Asian American Ministry Program is our desire to help equip local churches to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We do this by hosting conferences, regional gatherings, and discipleship education courses for pastors and laypeople.
In October and November 2011, for the second year in a row, the Seminary invited local churches to join the AAMP’s Missional Formation course. Nearly 70 pastors and leaders from more than 10 churches participated.
The Missional Formation course explores perspectives from biblical studies, church history, and missiology in order to help participants grasp a theological vision of mission that connects the “inward life” and “outward life” of the Christian faith.
The 2011 course included lectures on the New Testament and the Mission of God taught by Seattle Pacific Seminary faculty member Dr. Nijay Gupta. Participants read from N.T. Wright’s Surprised By Hope and Michael Gorman’s Cruciformity to supplement these discussions.
Doug Strong, dean of the School of Theology, and David Leong, assistant professor missional theology, also taught in this year’s Missional Formation course. Dr. Strong spoke about the ways in which evangelical leaders of the 18th and 19th centuries engaged in mission by being at the forefront of social reform. And Dr. Leong taught on several themes in missiology, including the Mission of God (Missio Dei), the Incarnation, and the ministry of reconciliation.