On a Mission

This week we are having intensive seminars on mission.  This is a pertinent topic when thinking about the emerging church as it is often cited as a reason for engaging with postmodernism.

So a starting point to think about.  The word ‘mission’ as meaning ‘sending people out to proselytise’ has only been used for the last four centuries.  The Latin term originates in the doctrine of the trinity to describe how Jesus proceeds from the Father.  Mission is the work that God is doing.  The rest of us are an addition to that.

So stop worrying, it’s all under control.  He’s got it covered!

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2 Responses

  1. I presume that last sentence was sort of tounge in cheek and meant to draw us further into a conversion about Missio Dei and our place as an instrument of that mission?

    I like the quote from David Bosch which i used to wheel out everytime i had an essay to write about mission…..

    ‘Mission is, quite simply, the participation of Christians in the liberating mission of Jesus, wagering on a future that verifiable experience seems to belie. It is good news of God’s love, incarnated in the witness of a community, for the sake of the world.’

  2. That’s it. We’re part of God’s act of salvation. That’s what we often forget. We start thinking that it is our job – Missio Robb. God asks us to be involved in Missio Dei rather than offering to be involved in Missio Robb.

    I guess my last sentence was made on the basis of one who is missional contemplating his role in the whole process rather than one who isn’t missional looking for a reason to keep the status quo…

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