Mission Crossroads

SUM 2018

Mission Crossroads is a three-time-a-year magazine focused on worldwide work of the PC(USA). It offers news and feature stories about mission personnel, international partners and grassroots Presbyterians involved in God's mission in the world.

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14 Summer 2018 being in a loving, friendly relationship with Jesus. While this is a profound truth, the discipleship that we intend to emphasize is one that is not only a relationship, but is actively engaged in continuing Jesus' mission in the world. To know Jesus is to follow him in what he did. It calls us to witness to Jesus and to the kingdom that he preached, and, when appropriate, to proclaim Jesus' name and his gospel as well. It calls us to an evangelism that is done in Christ's way. "Second, we are called to be disciples constantly open to being transformed, individually and communally, in our following of Jesus. Discipleship commits us to embark on a spiritual journey that will constantly challenge us and shape us into people who reflect the Lord Jesus in our actions, words and attitudes. M ore than 1,000 people representing churches around the world recently met in Arusha, Tanzania, for the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME) Conference, which is held roughly every decade. e attendees included a strong contingent from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), most of whom experienced this inspiring event for the first time. ey joined with the other participants to explore the conference theme, "Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship." At a pre-conference event in India, the Rev. Dr. Jooseop Keum, director of the CWME, discussed the conference theme: "e first part of the theme, with its reference to Galatians 5:25 — 'If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit' — is profound in its very simplicity. As we discern together the signs of the times, it is evident that despite the chaos of human disunity in which we live and witness today, there are many signs of the Holy Spirit giving life and creating hope. Africa, in particular, represents a site in which the Holy Spirit is breathing life into the church. Moving in the Spirit brings the notion of pilgrimage, of an ongoing journey of all believers, led and guided by the Holy Spirit. is is a pilgrimage that is characterized by constant hope for a transformed world of justice and peace and a commitment to renewal in Christ. is theme offers a prophetic message amid the complexities of today's world. "e second part of the theme calls us to transforming discipleship. We are called to be disciples of Jesus of Nazareth, to whom we witness and whom we proclaim as we move in the Spirit. How do we understand the phrase 'transforming discipleship'? It carries three profoundly different and yet closely related meanings. We are called to live a life that transforms the very notion of discipleship as it is often understood. Such discipleship is one that is constantly transforming disciples as they open themselves up to Christ's influence in their lives and to the formation that takes place in the Christian community. And such discipleship is one that is a commitment to transforming the world that is so full of injustice, pain and suffering. "First, the very idea of discipleship needs to be transformed. Discipleship is often understood merely in the sense of Moving in the Spirit Called to Transforming Discipleship Philip Woods Albin Hillert/WCC Plenary session on "Mission from the Margins," part of the 2018 CWME conference, hosted by the World Council of Churches. The ecumenical conference was attended by representatives from Protestant, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal and African-instituted churches.

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