Mobiology Explained in Two Minutes
There is a Need to Add Mobiology to Our Theology
Theology can be understood as a study in the belief and practice of the Christian faith. It has been around since the early centuries of the Christian Church. Various fields or branches of theology have emerged over the years focusing on particular areas of theological concern such as: Christology, pneumatology, soteriology, ecclesiology, eschatology, and in more recent times, missiology!
All these ‘ologies’ have added enormous value to the Church as it has sought to understand, as clearly as possible, the God to whom we belong, how best we can serve him and see him glorified.
With all the advances in theology however, no single expression of theology has developed that articulates the New Testament truth of the participation of all believers on mission with God.
This ought to be a matter of grave concern!
The Church, in general, is a sleeping giant, more focused it seems on temporal issues of this life rather than kingdom purposes of significance for both time and eternity. There seems to be a prevailing belief that a special call is needed before one should engage in missional activity. Such a belief, of course, is totally contrary to sound New Testament teaching. Not only does it tragically rob the unreconciled of their rightful access to the gospel, it also robs believers of their access to the pathway to maturity.
It is in seeking to address this concern that a new branch of theology is needed, that could be called ‘mobiology’.
Mobiology explores reasons why God has called his people to engage with him on mission from the perspective of both fulfilling God’s mission agenda for the world and his agenda for his Church.
Simply Mobilizing’s expression of Mobiology is concerned with the mobilization of all God’s people into meaningful involvement in the world Christian movement and with local churches becoming truly missional to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you.
The Underlying Core
Beliefs of Mobiology are:
The Bible is primarily a book about God on mission and that Jesus taught His disciples to interpret scripture in this missional context (Lk 24:46-47).
Mission defines the Church’s existence on earth. God’s people are first and foremost a missionary people (Ge 12:2-3).
All God’s people have been called, not only to believe but also to serve the advance and growth of Christ’s Kingdom on earth (2Co 5:18-20, Titus 2:13).
Our obedient participation with God in mission is designed by God to both bring about the reconciliation of people and peoples to himself and also to prepare his people as Christ’s Bride for God’s new world (Mk 8:34, Rev 19:7).
Local churches are to facilitate the missional discipleship of all their people by providing opportunities and pathways, for their nurture, equipping and fruitful involvement, with God, on mission (Jn 10:14, Eph 2:10, 4:11-12, 2Ti 3:16-17).
Movements are raised up by God in all generations to propel his Church forward in furthering his kingdom agenda and to maximize the missional opportunities that each generation provides (Mk 2:18, Lk 10:1, Ac 13:1-2, 2Co 10:16).
roles in Mobilization
The Head Facilitator (HF) is responsible for the organization and running of the Kairos course. The HF provides ‘leadership’ to the course and establishes the sense of progress and continuity from one lesson to the next. The HF is also responsible for coaching and mentoring the Facilitators and ensuring peer mentoring is taking place.
Facilitators assist the HF in conducting the Kairos course. Their main role is to help the course participants see God's great story and find ways to be part of it. Responsibilities include presenting the Readers' chapter introductions, chapter reviews, session devotions, lead a growth point group to facilitate group discussions, as well as to coach participants in their new journey.
As a Facilitator you will discover that your personal journey into missions will accelerate considerably. You will also experience the joys of seeing others catch God’s vision for world mission.
(For General Courses like ETI, TUS):
The Church Coordinator is empowered to run a general course in the local church and to train local church facilitators to run the respective general course. He or she oversees the run of the respective general course in his or her church through the mentoring and coaching of the SM Mobilizer.
The course administrator assists the HF in ensuring the collection and distribution of all materials to the participants, the collection and receipting of course fees, recording attendance and worksheets handed in, catering etc. The administrator is critical to any successful course run.