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Theology, Mission and Ministry: Doing Contextual Theology

One of the first things you discover at LKH is that all our study is based on contextual models of learning. We believe that mission must always be contextual; it must recognise that God acts in particular contexts, which cannot easily be generalised as might have been attempted in past generations. So all at LKH are enabled and encouraged to root our academic study within the particular places we find ourselves, and the way we learn and are assessed is dependent on how we work out our learning in context. Of course, such attention to context does not lessen the importance of knowing and understanding our faith traditions, particularly as they are found in scripture and the story of the church, for our faith traditions become the means of enabling careful theological reflection on what is happening in today’s world.

As well as recognising the importance of context, LKH also makes integration a central part of our learning. This is about making connections, and affirming that God’s mission is essentially connective, bringing and holding all things together. So everyone studying here is helped to hold together their learning and their experience, their academic research and their pastoral and missional involvement, their faith and their daily living. It is vital that we are always learning to make connections between the faith that has been received and handed down, and the issues and dilemmas that need to be addressed by those seeking to be faithful disciples in the society of today.

Through the experience of learning, LKH seeks to shape patterns of discipleship which are essentially participatory. Our understanding of ministry rejects hierarchies that disable people and prevent them finding and responding to the call of God in their own lives. We want to empower others, and those who exercise ministry should do so through deep levels of collaboration.

Finally, what we try to encourage here at LKH is the development of dynamic creativity within all who are part of our learning community. We are all learners – those who teach here as part of the staff team just as much as those who come to study. We learn from each other and together in community, and we try to develop a genuine rootedness within our faith story, and a commitment to interpret this for today. Our teaching programmes are concerned with the balance between continuity and change, tradition and innovation, reason and imagination. All this has the potential to equip us to not only deal with a rapidly changing world, but actually to participate within it in ways that bring out the genuine life-giving creativity of the gospel message.