Embodying the Seven Movements of Christ

Postures and Pathways for Participation in Mission


  • Alan Howell


movements of Christ, Incarnation, Life and Teaching, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension, Enthronement, Pentecost, Second Coming


Participation in mission seems nearly impossible in today’s complicated and complex world. But, near the end of his seminal work Transforming Mission, David Bosch briefly suggests a paradigm for missional engagement based on the movements in Jesus’ story. An adaptation of that framework has proven useful for preparing missional practitioners in Mozambique and the United States as it helps unpack the story, skills, and strategies for embodying the way of Jesus in the world. This approach outlines an embodied, practical theology of mission that is reproducible and flexible for the church to engage in possibilities for ministry in a variety of contexts.