God’s People for God’s World

A Practical Approach to Partnership in Mission

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

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

ISBN-13: 9781640650527

  • For all interested in the future of mission in the Anglican Communion
  • Authors and perspectives encompass the breadth of the world-wide Anglican Church

In an era where partnership and communion seem to be under threat, this book re-imagines mission partnership in a diverse and pluralist world. The theme of the Lambeth Conference 2020 is "God's Church for God's World," and this volume serves as a theological resource for the conference and for those interested in the future of the Anglican Communion. 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.

Audience: Bishops of the Anglican Communion; Episcopalians and Anglicans interested in partnership and inclusivity.

Robert S. Heaney is associate professor of Christian mission and director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies, Virginia Theological Seminary. Heaney is also a member of the planning group for the Lambeth Conference 2020 and author or editor of a number of articles and books including Faithful Neighbors: Christian-Muslim Vision and Practice. He is a contributor to The Oxford History of Anglicanism.

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.


  • Mission
  • Anglican Communion
  • World Christianity

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