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Without a clear expression from the theologia prima of the Episcopal Church's eucharistic liturgical practice, mission praxis remains a tangential programmatic expression and not the very shape of the life of the Church. When rooted in theologia prima of eucharistic liturgical practice, missional praxis transforms the ecclesiology of the Church. This project provides a strategy to set the theological source for missional ecclesiology from the expression and formative realities of eucharistic liturgical practice.

The purpose of this project is to pilot a congregational lay leader formation program. This program connects the principles of liturgical formation for Mission inherent to the eucharistic liturgy theology expressed in the practice of the Episcopal Church. By providing a basis for missional praxis from eucharistic liturgical practice, Episcopal congregations will discover the foundation for authentic and sustainable missional ecclesiology.

Part One describes the context for project implementation. The Introduction articulates the process of Anglican theological reflection and definition of key terms. Chapter One presents the specific congregational and judicatory context illustrating the challenge of reconciling contemporary missional theology with Anglican ecclesiology and limitations of a liturgical locus for missional praxis.

Part Two establishes the project’s theological foundations, beginning with a review and reflection upon texts with consideration of anthropology, ecclesiology, phenomenology, and Anglican missional study. Biblical exegesis and theological analysis illustrates the inherent missionality of eucharistic practice. This section demonstrates the theological correlates of liturgical formation for missonal praxis and development of missional ecclesiology.

Part Three describes the implementation of a pilot project, identifying a specific timeframe, research scale, project goals, content, leadership, target population, and logistics. This section emphasizes the combination of formation through action-reflection learning within a community of practice. This section provides an assessment of the project, including recommendations for improving and augmenting the ministry.

Content Reader: Todd E. Johnson, PhD

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

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Johnson, Todd E. E.

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Episcopal Church; Missional church movement; Liturgical churches; Christian leadership; Evangelicalism and liturgical churches


Missions and World Christianity


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