Mr JOSEPH LENCKE

Mr JOSEPH LENCKE
Ph.D. (Candidate), M.A., B.A.

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Mr JOSEPH LENCKE
Mr JOSEPH LENCKE

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Biography

I serve as an adjunct faculty member at several higher education institutions in the U.S., teaching theology and religious studies courses. I have taught undergraduate courses since 2003. During this time, I also had two professional stints in Europe: as an Old Testament lecturer in the UK from 2003-2006 and as a pastor in Belgium from 2008-2013.

My education includes a B.A. in Communications, an M.A. in Theological Studies, and two years of work toward a Doctor of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. In February 2020, I transferred my research into the University of Aberdeen School of Divinity in order to complete my Ph.D.

I have two published works: My most recent is Reflections of Immanuel, which released in September 2020 via Wipf & Stock. In 2016 I also released an early memoir entitled Change for the First Time, Again, under Wipf & Stock’s imprint, Resource Publications.

You can view my full C.V. at this link.

 

Research

Research Overview

Missional Inculturation Formation: The Contribution of Inculturation-Centered Mission on Christian Spirituality

My research focuses on how the missional practice of inculturation contributes to Christian spiritual formation.

In fleshing out inculturation as a spiritually formative exercise, Catholic missiologists Bevans and Schroeder assert, “What makes a process of inculturation more than a mechanical activity are the more elusive qualities of insight, depth, creativity, imagination, wisdom, openness to grace, courage in the face of risk and recognition of the unexpected.” They cap off this statement with the crucial reminder of what is most important, “Not what we are able to do, but who we are able to become . . .” (2011, 89, emphasis theirs). This is a spiritually formative concept—to become, not simply do. Bevans and Schroeder move on to lay out their concept of a “spirituality of inculturation,” which they define as “a whole complex of ideas and practices that can open people up to the Spirit in such a way that there emerges an understanding and expression of Christianity that takes its form in a loving, creative, and sometimes critical dialogue with a particular social or cultural context" (Ibid.). This undoubtedly speaks to the spiritually formative nature of inculturation.

With this, my research is particularly inspired to further probe this “spirituality of inculturation.”

Bevans, Stephen B. and Roger P. Schroeder. 2011. Prophetic Dialogue: Reflections on Christian Mission Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

 

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Christian Brothers University (Memphis, USA)

  • CRS218 New Testament
  • CRS240 The Religious Dimension of Work
  • CRS270 World Religions
  • RS285 The Church in the World

Visible Music College (Memphis, USA)

  • BTM1143 Old Testament Survey
  • BTM1573 Ministries of the Church
  • BTM4763 Missional Life
  • LDR4333 Leadership Development & Care