The Diaconal Call of Jesus Christ

“[D]iaconal ministry is an inevitable and necessary expression of the Church’s essential nature as the fellowship of Jesus’ disciples. To confess Jesus as Lord is inescapably joined to the diaconal call of Jesus Christ to look after “the least of these my brothers,” for in them we see the face of our Savior… Diakonia also calls the Church to demonstrate and contribute to the creation of a new world order where peace, justice and mercy reign under the lordship of Jesus. Diakonia is not simply an extra good thing to do, or even simply a necessary outreach to the world we live in; it is the essential nature of the Christian Church to minister to anyone and everyone in need. When God’s missionary Church ceases to be involved in diaconal ministry, something about her missionary nature ceases to emerge.”

(Charles Van Engen, God’s Missionary People, pp.96-97)

About God’s Missionary People: Rethinking the Purpose of the Local Church.

The Diaconal Call of Jesus ChristAccording to Amazon.com – “The author advocates a closer identification between the local congregation and the universal church. He works through the realities of church life and denominational organizations before challenging church leaders to redefine ecclesiology.”

About Charles van Engen

The Diaconal Call of Jesus ChristChuck Van Engen is the Arthur F. Glasser Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology of Mission and Senior Professor of Biblical Theology of Mission and has taught in the School of Intercultural Studies since 1988. Before coming to Fuller he was a missionary in Mexico, working primarily in theological education. Van Engen also taught missiology at Western Theological Seminary in Michigan and served as president of the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America from 1998 to 1999. He is the founding president and CEO of Latin American Christian Ministries, Inc.

Van Engen is involved in the American Society of Missiology, Association of Professors of Mission, the International Association of Mission Studies, the Evangelical Missiological Society, the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education, and the Latin American Theological Fraternity.