On Iterations and Expressions of the Prime Missiological Formula

On Iterations and Expressions of the Prime Missiological Formula

Posted on:Dec 11 2007
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Elsewhere I have written several versions of the prime formula. Here are some of the iterations:

    (CDE)s → !PVT
        C = Content
        D = Distribution
        E = Energy
        R = Reception
     PLT = Pervasive Life Transformation
        S = Sufficient
  1. f1{es(cd)} -› {(cde)s}
  2. f1{(cde)s} -› f1{Pst}
  3. f1{Pst} • f2…{cde} f2…{Pst}
      f1 = field 1 (commerce)
      f2 = field 2
       c = content
       d = distribution
       e = energy (spiritual and material)
    Pst = Pervasive Spiritual Transformation

None of these equations/approaches is completely satisfactory, but all of them express, at least in general, the fundamental point. Later, I will work on another expression of this formula. For now, I want to consider the various research implications.

  • There is missiological research.
  • There is theological research.
  • There is sociological research.
  • There is organizational research.

I find all the words, all of the “ogicals” unsatisfying. Words weary me. I cannot say it right.

The following areas endear my primary interest (though I don’t intend to thoroughly engage in these personally):

  • I am interested in the missiological implications of this formula. It speaks to a new way to achieve teleos. Peter Heslam’s work on the cultural impact of business could be particularly useful in this regard.
  • I am deeply interested in the application, the praxis of this formula (particularly as it relates to the resources/force). This may be contemplated through two lenses: the personal lens (how can one reproduce the life of Christ in a marketplace spirituality) and the corporate lens (how can one express the body of Christ in the marketplace ecclesiology).
  • Somehow, I wish I could approach this through the lens of philosophy. I feel most comfortable navigating in the waters of pure thought.

As I consider the relationship with Cambridge, it grows increasingly important to focus deeply on the design of the research project. I must not let “the beast” drag me off course.

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