Article published

For those interested in the more academic side of things, the following article of mine has just been published in Baptistic Theologies 

D. Clark, ‘Integral Mission “At the Car Wash”: Facing the Challenges of Post-Odebrecht South America’, Baptist Theologies 10:1 (2018), pp. 62-76.

It is, as far as I am aware, one of the few attempts to assess the impact of recent scandals in South America on the concept of integral mission.

Abstract:

In recent years South American countries have been rocked by the scandals
emerging from the
Lava Jato (Car Wash) Investigation and the practices of the
Brazilian construction company Odebrecht. These scandals have toppled or
weakened various left-wing governments in the region and resulted in a sociopolitical environment which is less receptive to an integral approach to the mission
of the church. This article provides missiological reflection on the significance of
these scandals for advocates of integral mission, focusing on the need for more
effective engagement with local churches and a clearer articulation of what
churches should expect to achieve in their social engagement. It suggests that there
is a need for a humbler, more market-friendly advocacy of integral mission to
emerge.