Mission? In Europe?
Currently sitting in meetings planning for the Edinburgh 2010 centenary mission conference scheduled for June of this year.
Strange to recall that the 1910 Mission Atlas specially produced for the Edinburgh 1910 world missionary conference was not allowed to display mission activity in Europe – other than Christian mission to te Jews in several European cities.
The assumption running through these current preparations for June 2010 is that mission in Europe is a pressing and absolutely necessary task. How times have changed!
In the situation of inter-church relationships there are still some tricky issues to be resolved but none of us can ignore the vibrant and vital presence of churches from the global south and many pentecostal and charismatic churches that are all active in European mission.
Commitment to innovation in mission whilst retaining an appropriate accountability to church networks and structures will continue to frame discussions of church, mission, and unity.
You can join the discussiomn of mission, unity and eccelsiology by posting a comment here, or by checking out the Edinburgh 2010 website for the study process ‘Mission, unity, ecclesioloy’ http://www.edinburgh2010.org/en/study-themes/8-mission-and-unity-aeur-ecclesiology-and-mission.html