Towards a Common Mission in EuropeTowards a Common Mission in Europe

New and Emerging Mission Movements in Europe Today

The Churches in Dialogue Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) in cooperation with the Nova Research Centre drew together representatives of 15 Orthodox and Protestant churches and missionary movements to explore the theme “New and Emerging Mission Movements in Europe Today”. The consultation took place in the Lutheran theological seminary of Pullach, Germany, 7-11 June 2009.

The consultation recognized that the issue of ecclesiology is “essential for mission”, and that mission is “the calling of the whole Church”: “The Church in mission is the Body of Christ and not just the institutional churches, though the two are called to be closely related. The mission of God goes beyond the institution as seeds of the Logos are sown in advance of the work of the Church’s mission”.

Participants underlined the importance of discipleship and spiritual formation. While there is a renewed interest in spirituality, there is a “lack of formation of our own church members in the riches and depth of the Christian spiritual tradition”.

The consultation stressed the importance of “incarnating the gospel in the different cultural contexts” and among different ethnic groups. There is a need to have a “dynamic approach to the understanding of mission in the different cultures”. The biblical vision of the reconciled people of God does not mean “the end of cultural diversity but the end of division between people of different cultures as the church became incarnate in each culture. One of the great issues in European culture is the tension that exists between different cultural groups and yet also the positive situations in which once oppressed cultures have found new freedoms. We believe the Church has a calling in this situation to be the Body of Christ in which the different parts are all honoured for what they are and the gifts they bring”.

Final Statement


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