Friday 7 May 2010

Missional Journal 4, 4 (May 2010)

There seems to be quite a bit of talk at the moment about unity and ecumenism in the ongoing missional task of churches. David Dunbar’s latest Missional Journal suggests four pointers to what we might actually do.

1. Lower the walls – nurturing a theological hospitality between churches and Christian institutions, referring to the difference between a fortress and a home.

2. Cultivate a gracious spirit – extending to others the welcome we have received from God, giving others the benefit of the doubt, and not being too quick to judge others’ motives.

3. Look for partnerships – among individuals, organisations, and churches which ‘encourage God’s people to work together in a spirit of trust and love across traditional, theological, cultural, or denominational barriers’.

4. Pray for the mission – with churches and Christian organisations together seeking the blessing of God on a particular community, people group, nation, or the world.

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