God’s Church for God’s World

A Practical Approach to Partnership in Mission

Edited by Robert S. Heaney, John Kafwanka K, and Hilda Kabia. Foreword by Justin Welby

Mar/2020, 224 Pages, PAPER, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640650527



By identifying key theological, cultural, and practical issues for mission partnerships, this book aims to provide best practices for missions to thrive around the world.

In an era where partnership and communion seem to be under threat, this book re-imagines mission partnership in a diverse and pluralist world. Building on the work of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies (VTS) and the Mission Department of the Anglican Communion Office, the book identifies and addresses key theological, cultural, and practical issues that need to be addressed for mission partnerships to thrive. Key among these issues is listening: listening to one another is a profound challenge given socio-economic differences, power differentials, and linguistic divides.

Drawing from mission experience, the authors offer best practices for discipleship as listening. Written across cultural differences, the authors hail from Zambia, the United Kingdom, Haiti, India, Latin America, Native American, South Africa, Turkey, the United States, and Lebanon. Each chapter invites readers to explore issues in their context through hearing scripture, hearing each other, and hearing the Spirit.

Robert S. Heaney PhD, DPhil is Professor of Theology and Mission, Virginia Theological Seminary, USA. He has experience in research, teaching, ministry, and consultation on three continents. Widely published, his most recent works include Post-Colonial Theology: Finding God and Each Other Amidst the Hate; The Promise of Anglicanism with William L. Sachs; and God’s Church for God’s World (Senior Editor). He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

John Kafwanka K is former Principal of St John's Anglican Seminary, Kitwe, Zambia, and now serves as Director for Mission, Anglican Communion Office. He is co-author of David Livingstone and Christian Mission & Ecumenism Today and contributed to the books Called to Unity: For the Sake of Mission and Life- Widening Mission: Global Anglican Perspectives.

Hilda Kabia is the first female principal of Msalato Theological College in Tanzania. She has held positions as chairperson for the House of Clergy; general secretary to the Synod; lecturer; deanery youth secretary; and secretary of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika’s Women’s Department.



Archbishop Justin Welby


Robert S. Heaney, John Kafwanka K, and Hilda Kabia


1. Discipleship in the Mission of God

Robert S. Heaney and John Kafwanka K

2. Communion as the Discipline of Listening and Talking

Alan Yarborough and Marie Carmel Chery

3. Communion as Disagreeing Well

Sarah Hills and Deon Snyman

4. Communion as the Hospitality of Disciples

Gloria Mapandgol and Paulo Ueti

5. Communion as Disciplined Sharing

Janice Price and John Kapya Kaoma

6. Communion as a Discipleship of Mutuality

Cornelia Eaton and James Stambaugh

7. Communion and Ecumenical Questions

Anne Burghardt and John Gibaut

8. Communion and Interreligious Questions

Clare Amos and Daniel Sperber

9. God’s People in Interreligious Listening, Disagreeing, and Hospitality

Lucinda Mosher and Najah Nadi Ahmad

10. God’s People in Interreligious Sharing, Mutuality, and Partnership

Samy Fawzy Shehata and Nayla Tabbara



Robert S. Heaney, John Kafwanka K, and Hilda Kabia


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  • Mission
  • Anglican Communion
  • World Christianity

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