What difference does missional theology make for the practice of Appreciative Inquiry (AI)? Is AI realistic enough to deal with serious problems? How might AI approach issues like systemic racism? Why does Missiology Podcast make use of AI methodology in its interviews? And what's on the lineup for our second season?
Podcast host Martin Rodriguez and producer Greg McKinzie discuss these and other questions as they reflect on Season 1, Episode 7, "With Mark Lau Branson."
Martin Rodriguez is a doctoral student of intercultural studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, writing on missiology at the intersection of postcolonial hybridity theory and late-modern leadership theory. Since 2011, he has served as Family Life Minister at the Hollywood Church of Christ (Hollywood, CA, USA). Before this he served for five years as a missionary in China where he mentored emerging leaders and partnered with Chinese leaders to plant three churches. Martin holds an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary and a degree in Religion and International Studies from Pepperdine University. He is also a content editor of Missio Dei: A Journal of Missional Theology and Praxis and a member of the missiology.com team.
Greg McKinzie is a PhD candidate in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, writing on missional hermeneutics at the intersection of constructive theology, theological interpretation of Scripture, and missiology. He is also an adjunct professor of Bible and ministry at Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN), the executive editor of Missio Dei: A Journal of Missional Theology and Praxis, and the lead administrator of missiology.com. From 2008 to 2015, he served in Arequipa, Peru, as a partner in holistic evangelism with Team Arequipa and The Christian Urban Development Association. Greg holds an MDiv from Harding School of Theology (Memphis, TN, USA) and a BA in missions from Harding University (Searcy, AR, USA). He should probably be working on his dissertation right now.