Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Church does NOT have a mission

The Church
is commissioned  - beginning things together
does transmission - passing on the dynamics of faith, hope and love....
encourages intermissions - space is central

Just "mission" always has a bit missing at the front
which is why it frustrates the Church

The Church is about
admission,  letting others in
submission, serving
remission, forgiving, forgiving and forgiving again
but never just mission

it knows about omission - things that we deliberately did not do
deals with emission - because there's always rubbish
we certainly have the task of  photoemission - we are light for the world
sometimes we even have a pretermission - the grace of knowing what to leave or let pass

now and again we have to decommission - allowing things to end, celebrating death as release

but never just mission

we need to learn and teach some intromission - the journey inwards, that alone produces fruit
we are always about manumission - setting free to live
we enable some to receive dismission - especially in peace
be those who give permission - for each to be themselves, who God meant them to be

but never, never, ever just mission

Wyn Beynon 2014