Evaluating Our Mission in the Light of God’s Mission in the World
Updated: Nov 20, 2019
If we are to be faithful to God’s mission (the missio Dei), which is what God is doing and seeking to do in the world through his people, then we need to regularly re-evaluate our church activities to see how they correspond and match up to God’s mission. Through my experience of mission in West Papua, I realised that not everything we call mission is God’s mission, much of it is simply our mission and if it is our mission then it is not God’s mission. Our task as the people of God is to participate in God’s mission rather than our own. If what we are participating in is God’s mission then God will be in it, perhaps not always in ways that we anticipate, but certainly in terms of what God is seeking to do both in the church and in the world.
I would suggest one of the ways we may evaluate our church activities both in the church and out there in the world is to ask the question: To what extent is this activity relational? If an activity is relational then it will not focus simply on the task of getting things done, but rather on the people we are engaging; it will be sensitive to the needs of those involved and to those that are being served; it will come from a position of weakness, rather than from a place of power or strength; and finally it will model the one who came not to be served, but to serve.