Developed as a resource for persons in active ministry, Impact Seminars facilitate meaningful dialogue on important theological and practical topics.
2017 Seminar — A Different Game of Thrones: Imagining the Peaceable Kingdom Overcoming the Empire
Every Christian tradition struggles with the concept of “two-kingdom theology.” The Brethren in Christ, with roots in the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan traditions, has always had a unique wrestling match with how to live fully as citizens of God’s new reign through Christ, while still being part of the sin-broken creation that Christ came to redeem. “Two-kingdom theology” is, more often than not, a “two-kingdom dilemma.”
In this seminar, we will begin with a Christological approach to this struggle — How is Jesus a king? — and then review first the missiological — What does King Jesus expect of his citizens? — and then the ecclesiological — What resources has King Jesus created for his citizens? — and eschatological implications — What does King Jesus’ victory really look like? — for Brethren in Christ leaders and institutions living in an increasingly postmodern and post-Christendom environment.
- To begin a broader, church-wide conversation about the radical centrality and importance of who Jesus is, what Jesus wants us to do, and how Jesus wants us to do it, in a postmodern and post-Christendom environment.
- To unpack strategies for embodying the BIC Core Values in light of the “two-kingdom dilemma.”
- To acknowledge, but not dwell on, various historical approaches that address the “two-kingdom dilemma.”
- To link how we do church and how we do ethics to a Jesus-centered foundation of participating in God’s mission.
- To explore the implications of the “two-kingdom dilemma” in how we view, and prepare for, the future.
Dates and Locations
March 11, 2017 – The Shepherd’s Table (Dayton, Ohio)
April 27, 2017 – Fairland BIC (Cleona, Pa.)
April 29, 2017 – Community of Faith BIC (Roanoke, Va.)
May 1, 2017 – Hollowell BIC (Waynesboro, Pa.)
May 2, 2017 – Mechanicsburg (Pa.) BIC
May 18, 2017 – Crest Community Church (Riverside, Calif.)
September 28, 2017 – Revolution BIC (Salina, Kans.) Live streaming also available for those not in close proximity to other seminars.
Jeff Wright serves as pastor of Madison Street Church in Riverside, California, and is also president of viaShalom, a grassroots mission consultancy that works with projects focused on Christian community development, incarnational church planting, and interfaith education and dialogue.
The cost of this one-day seminar, including lunch, is $35.00 per attendee.