GOCN

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GOCNGospel and Our Culture Network
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With the work of the GOCN in North America in the 1990s, discussion of the relationship between missiology and ecclesiology was picked up again, eventually leading to publication of the multiauthored work Missional Church (1998).
The ecclesiological agenda has been especially important for the GOCN. In 1998, the book Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America was published.
Goheen present two different approaches to an analysis of the GOCN's theological work.
Nowhere in the publications by the GOCN is the mission of God related to the world independently of the church.
The church is often emphasized as a contrast community in publications by the GOCN. (42) This is also a common feature in Roxburgh and Goheen's outline of the network's theological work.
In continuation of this, the aim of the GOCN was "to stimulate and assist the Church's witness in and to Western culture, with a view to transforming the basic premises of that culture in the light of the reality of Jesus Christ." (45) Western culture, and especially North American culture, is the point of reference for their missiological reflections, as indicated by several of the subtitles of their publications.
In order to depict the character and trajectory of the GOCN in North America, and in the course of that to give some indication of how we read our context and what we discern our vocation of the moment to be, I will describe something of the basic vision we have been following and the ground from which it arises.
The GOCN is a fast growing and significant movement in North America.
It is unfortunate that a report of a GOCN meeting two years later would state, "The third theme developed was the church in mission.