|Maintenance or Mission? (Part I)|
By: Rev. Judith VanOsdol, Director for Evangelical Mission
"We are on a mission from God!" Funny quote from the Blues Brothers movie, or does this represent your understanding of yourself and your mission station-the congregation?
Do you consider yourself a missionary?
The same question, in a different frame: "Are you a baptized believer in Jesus Christ?"
"Every baptized believer is a missionary, every congregation-a mission station and every leader in the Church- a mission director!" Is this statement a valid understanding, or "mission impossible?"
Mini mission schools over the past few months around the Synod have focused on a few basic questions:
In our mission schools, we have discussed the fact that many congregations have a "chaplaincy" or maintenance mentality (caretaking of "our own") rather than a mission / evangelism mentality (making new disciples). Missional thinking calls us to shift our focus and priorities in order to respond to Christ's call in the great co-mission: "Go, therefore, making disciples of all nations..." (Matthew 28: 16-20) How would you answer the above questions?