The purpose of the Middle East Consultation is to equip participants to respond in prophetic and Christ-like ways to the many challenges facing Christians and Muslims in and beyond the Middle East.
The “elephant in the room” in the church’s engagement with Muslims is a particular understanding of Islam that carries with it a number of unconscious assumptions that significantly impact our ministry. Such assumptions influence the outcome of fruitful and biblically faithful Christian ministry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) context. Consider, for example, the practical implications of the following questions:
The manner in which we answer such questions inevitably impacts our perception of Islam and therefore approach to ministry practice. This has implications for both the efficacy and the fidelity of our Christ-centered witness. Ultimately, we want to explore how our perceptions of Muslims, Muhammad, and the Quran practically impact the Church’s witness to Christ in and beyond the MENA.
It is in light of such questions that IMES is pleased to announce Middle East Consultation 2019 – Thinking Biblically about Muslims, Muhammad, and the Qur’an: Practical Implications for the Church Today. Through the course of MEC 2019 (17-21 June), participants will collectively work toward discerning a practically-grounded yet biblically-faithful understanding of Muslims, Muhammad, and the Quran, which constructively informs the Church in its practice of ministry. Participants at MEC 2019 come from across the region and the world, providing the unique opportunity for a global reflection upon the central building blocks of Islam and the church’s theology and ministry. Our joint exploration will make use of:
MEC 2019 features high-quality presentations by reflective practitioners, respected scholars of Islam, and mission thinkers. In addition, MEC 2019 features personal testimonies, interfaith and ecumenical forums, practical workshops, and intimate roundtable conversations allowing ample opportunity for participants to engage in robust discussion and contextual reflection.
Be prepared to grow in your own discipleship journey as well as in your skills of making disciples in any context, including your own!
Middle East Consultation 2019 will be held 17-21 June at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut, Lebanon.