Strengths And Weaknesses Of Mission

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In this essay, I am going to describe and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of engaging in missions using the lens of reason, with a brief overview of two other lenses: Tradition and experience. I will present ideas from the perspectives of my father, a missionary and my granduncle, the Right Reverend Datuk Bolly Lapok. Also I will share my experience of dealing with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and Depression through poetry and spoken word and how those platforms impacted many who come across them. The key voices in this essay are Graham Tomlin, Stephen Bevans, Jin Huat Tan and William J. Abraham. The word “mission” is derived from a Latin word “missio” which means, to send, to release or to participate. It is more likely …show more content…
In mid – 1900, during the tenure of the 3rd Presiding Bishop of Kuching, Right Reverend Basil Temenggong, he was a missionary at the Southern region of Sarawak after earning his Licentiate in Theology from the House of Epiphany, Kuching. On his installation service in 2004, he recalled the early days, the privilege to do mission amongst tribal communities, especially in remote areas were exclusive to seminarians and ordained clergy members of the diocese for a reason – they were theologically grounded. During Bishop Basil’s administration, the rule was abolished in order to exhort many young Christians into missions. My granduncle believed the implementation caused a massive disorder to mission: Theology was compromised and many young missionaries began to lose their Christian foundation, except for those who made seminary a priority and keep doing missions prior to graduation. He believed that theology should not be disputed by mission and in mission, rather, to have it as a lens of reasoning to a certain culture that we are engaging as a missionary. This argument is supported by William J. Abraham in his book, The Logic of Evangelism, William J. Abraham argued that there is an imbalance on theology in missions and an imbalance of mission in theology. The early church fathers have not emphasized upon the importance of mission in theology and the early mission fathers have not …show more content…
This is the view that they both have since they commissioned by their elders through a tradition called “laying on of hands”, or in the Charismatic term, “anointing”. In Anglican perspective, laying on of hands is a tradition that is meant to commission a person in a ministry to be handed over by an elder. This is aligned to the Latin word “traditio” which means, “to pass down” or “to hand over”. Often in mission, the “laying on of hands” tradition is applied when a missionary is sent on a mission, either on a long-term or in a short-term. However, when missionaries are sent to a foreign land for a long-term, they constantly travel throughout the regions and leave in an area for a short-term. This defeats the purpose of laying on of hands. Both my father and my uncle heavily criticized this type of mission which they called “Touch N’ GO” mission – a type of mission that mandates the missionary to pay a visit to a community and address the needs, however, there is a lack of discipleship and in – depth studies of the Gospel with the community. Instead, the community was taught little of the Gospel and the result of their conversion is only limited to the knowledge on the basis of church liturgies. This was actually a tradition passed down from the practices of

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