I have just read Mission Shaped Church: A Theological Response by John M. Hull and he has some interesting things to say about the missiology of Mission Shaped Church.
Christian Mission is not a mission of the church; but church itself is a feature of mission. The mission is God’s mission. God as Father, Son and Spirit turned toward the world that God has made in mercy and compassion, the world in which God has created life.
Hull obviously comes to Mission Shaped Church with a preconceived concept of church as vehicle of mission as opposed to the results of mission. This is in contrast to MSC’s call to church planting and the building of Christian communities. Whilst I think that Hull is correct in his assertion, the MSC report was a starting point rather than an end point. In that sense it has called people for the first time to examine what it means to be “church”. This was the springboard. The question is will it still be relevant in 25 years time or will it disappear like Faith in the City?