This keynote looks at the dynamics of mission on the margins and why it’s important to the integrity, renewal, and growth of the church. For a variety of reasons throughout history many expressions of the Church have conceived differences between various groups and cultures as “barriers” to the gospel and mission. Fresh expressions of the church, on the other hand, prefer to think of these differences more as “bridges,” that provide incarnational and contextual on-ramps for the gospel and mission. Such a shift in perspective requires, first, a fundamental reorientation of many of our ingrained assumptions about the relationship between the gospel and culture, and second, a renewed vision of leadership (and how to cultivate it) along these lines.
(Plenary talk, 35min runtime)