In 2006 Enoch Wan introduced his paradigm of “Relational Realism” in an article in the Occasional Bulletin of the Evangelical Missiological Society. This paradigm sees reality as defined by the vertical relationship with the Triune God and the horizontal relationships between created beings. In 2017, together with Mark Hedinger, he published the book, Relational Missionary Training: Theology, Theory, and Practice. Essentially, the book applies the relational realism model to the task of training missionaries.
The book aims to provide a foundation for this paradigm. Therefore, the authors look at theological, educational and practical aspects of the model. Their purpose is to describe the paradigm and show how a training program could be developed along these lines.
The authors also note that the book is written with missionary trainers in mind.1p.15 So, that makes me part of the target audience.
The book contains four parts:
- Theology (Chapters 1-3)
- Theory (Chapters 4-5)
- Practice (Chapters 6-8)
- Summary and Conclusions (Chapters 9-10).