Postmission was put together by a group of Gen X leaders of mission organisations, mostly from the UK, who gathered for a week’s retreat. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of thought developed here. It was helpful to have theories grounded in stories of mission organisations. Not too many books of this type actually engage with source material by postmodernists such as Foucault, Lyotard and Deleuze. I appreciate the application of workplace generational approaches to mission organisations.
Published by Paternoster Press, UK, 2002, edited by Richard Tiplady
Here’s a note from OC Books in Dunedin, NZ…
It’s axiomatic that Generation Xers tend to fit less easily into the older cultures of the church, and that includes missionary organisations. This book asks, if Generation Xers were to do mission their way, what would it look like? Are new strategies, structures and methodologies needed or can what already exists be changed to allow the Xer worldview to exist alongside others?
This book is written for existing mission leaders and boards, and for those who wish to bring change within their organisations as a response to culture change in the West, and in the world.
At times provocative, often wise, it’s well worth a look even for issues apart from mission-orientated ones. The ten contributors include one New Zealander, Bevan Herangi.