Vacancy for Head of Mission Studies at Redcliffe College

My friend and colleague Dr Kang-San Tan is moving on this Summer so Redcliffe is now advertising for a new Head of Mission Studies. For full details please visit Redcliffe’s website. Otherwise, here is the text from the main advert:

Shaping world changers:
Vacancy for Head of Mission Studies at Redcliffe College

Something special is happening at Redcliffe College… We have a new Principal, a new strategic vision and a motivated and experienced team. Now we are recruiting for a new Head of Mission Studies. If you want to join this dynamic, forward thinking, professional College, and have the skills and experience to match, we want to hear from you.

Redcliffe has spent over 100 years training women and men from all over the world to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ effectively across cultural differences in church, mission and development ministries around the world. But we are far from old fashioned! Our courses are innovative and wholistic and our college community exceeds 30 nationalities each year and prepares people of all ages.

We are looking for a new Head of Mission Studies to lead the Mission Studies department and contribute to the development of missiological thinking beyond Redcliffe. The teaching is at undergraduate and postgraduate level across a range of specialist courses.

The role requires a mission scholar who can combine effective communication skills in both lecture hall and conference venue with the ability to mentor students in a wholistic learning process. Ideally with a PhD but certainly with a strong academic background and a commitment to ongoing learning, you need to have had firsthand experience of cross-cultural mission and ministry.

If you would like an information pack and application form please go to

Closing date for applications: 17:00 GMT on Monday 14 June 2010.

A missiologist and a biblical scholar review Chris Wright’s The Mission of God

missionofgodBack in April 2007 I edited an issue of Encounters Mission Ezine, on the theme of Mission and the Old Testament. Every now and then I will blog on these articles as contributors came up with some really interesting stuff.

At the time, Chris Wright’s The Mission of God had just come out so we featured an interview with him about it. As the book spans both Missiology and Biblical Studies, I was interested to see what specialists from each discipline would make of it. So I asked both Dr Kang-San Tan, Head of Mission Studies at Redcliffe College, and Prof Gordon McConville, Professor of Old Testament Theology at the University of Gloucestershire, to review it.

Both described The Mission of God as “remarkable”. Here are a couple of extracts from their reviews.

Prof Gordon McConville:

The product of Wright’s readiness to embrace the particularity of Israel in his view of mission is a holistic Gospel.  The exodus model shows that political freedom is part of God’s purpose for humanity; similarly, the Jubilee (Leviticus 25) illustrates an economic aspect.  Such facets of social existence are inseparable from the spiritual life, and the twin dangers of over-spiritualizing and over-politicizing the Gospel are well addressed (pp. 275-88).  Mission ultimately embraces all dimensions of human life, including praise (p. 132), pastoral and ethical concerns (pp. 182-86), and environmental issues (pp. 397-420).  And this vision informs evangelism, since ‘the fundamental theology behind [the Jubilee] also lies behind our practice of evangelism’ (p. 300).  In these ways, the particularity of Israel is put to the cause of a universal proclamation.  In God’s purpose, Israel not only witnesses to the nations, but the nations are finally brought under covenant obedience along with Israel.  Ultimately too, the divine mission overcomes death, for a biblical concept of salvation is distinguished from all others by its promise of the defeat of death itself (p. 440).
Read Prof McConville’s review article in full

Dr Kang-San Tan:

Although it was not the expressed purpose of the book, The Mission of God contributes towards the closing of the existing gap between missiology and biblical studies.  Instead of separating theology and biblical studies from mission contexts, Wright approaches the texts of scripture through a mission paradigm.  In some circles, theological and biblical studies have been considered academic and scientific, while missiology still finds itself under suspect by scholars of other academic disciplines.  Part of the distrust may come from missiologists using biblical proof-texts to justify their mission theories and strategies.  To some extent, Wright demonstrates in action, more than words, that mission readings and careful exegesis of scripture are both needed for critical missiology.
Read Dr Tan’s review article in full