It is not uncommon to hear comments that theologians are ivory tower theorists or that missionary practitioners are rabid pragmatists. Such mudslinging is unproductive.
The Helix moves from theological reflection to cultural analysis to historical perspective to strategy formation, all in the context of spiritual formation. I will not go into detail in this blog post but refer you to Van Rheenen’s blog where he is currently discussing the Missional Helix.
The Missional Helix is a helpful tool in keeping theology and practice together. Of course any tool is subject to abuse but the authors clearly state that, “Theological reflection is the beginning point for ministry formation and the most significant element within the internal structure of the spiral. All missiological decisions must be rooted both implicitly and explicitly in biblical theology in order to mirror the purposes and mind of God.” (Van Rheenen and Parker, 311) So, I encourage you to check out Dr. Van Rheenen’s blog and consider practicing the “Missional Helix”.