About the Slow Mission course
Reflections on the God Who Walks Slowly with Kosuke Koyama
This day to reflect theologically and personally on mission and ministry in a world increasingly turned towards speed, power and success.
Drawing on the work of Japanese ecumenical theologian Kosuke Koyama, Ben Aldous will introduce participants to some key themes in Koyama’s work—someone who encourages us to recognise the importance of slowing down in mission and ministry.
In Sessions 1 and 2, we will discover the theology and context of Kosuke Koyama and think about walking and slowing down in mission and ministry.
We ask questions about the relationship between walking, slowness, time and speed and whether we are operating out of an existential anxiety about the future Church and therefore expect shorter and shorter timeframes for growth.
We will consider whether the Church of England’s resource church ‘model’ is caught up in an unhelpful urgency.
In Session 3, ‘Talking’, we will explore the theme of evangelism in the UK through the lens of Koyama who felt that Christianity was in danger of becoming irrelevant because it suffered from what he called ‘teacher complex’. The chapter unpacks the notion of evangelism as listening and the ideas of ‘spat-upon’ and ‘stigma’ evangelism in a world full of words, power and a love for the spectacular.
The course draws on Ben Aldous’s new book, The God Who Walks Slowly, published by SCM Press.
About the Tutor
The Revd Dr Benjamin Aldous is the principal office for mission and evangelism at Churches Together in England (CTE) and a research fellow at the Queens Foundation in Birmingham.
Ben is particularly interested in mission, ecumenism and intercultural theology. He spent 16 years in Cambodia and South Africa firstly as a church planter and latterly as a Parish priest. He completed his doctoral work at the University Stellenbosch on Fresh expressions of church in the Southern African context in 2018. He helps host and curate conversations amongst denominational church leaders with the portfolio of mission from across CTE’s 52 member churches. In addition to his book The God Who Walks Slowly (SCM 2022) he is the author of ‘Lived’ Mission in 21st Century Britain (SCM 2024).