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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Mission Crossroads 15 Discipleship commits us to disciplines of prayer, practices that shape our character and hearts, and to the cultivation of habits that give us strength and courage to live lives of Christian witness. "ird, we are called to be disciples who are ourselves transforming, and as such we are privileged to join in the mission of the Triune God, working together toward life, living out the values of the kingdom of God, and engaging in mission from the margins. In a world in which injustice seems almost inseparable, where hatred and racism seem to thrive, where suffering is so widespread and terrifying, our discipleship is costly. It calls us to put a theology of the cross into practice. It calls us to spend our energy and even offer our lives for the transformation that the kingdom promises." As we reflect on how we are to most effectively engage in God's mission with our partners across the world, we realize that this was a timely event. e theme of transforming discipleship builds on the WCC's 2013 statement on mission and evangelism, "Together Towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes." In this statement we are challenged to reconsider our traditional ideas of mission and recognize that, in Jesus, mission begins at the margins. e statement notes, "Mission from the margins seeks to counteract injustices in life, church and mission. It seeks to be an alternative missional movement against the perception that mission can only be done by the powerful to the powerless, by the rich to the poor, or by the privileged to the marginalized. Such approaches can contribute to oppression and marginalization." is calls us to reflect on our partnerships and ask how open are we to receive and act on the witness of our sisters and brothers in Christ, both near and far, who see the world from a different vantage point from ours, and who have insights that might help us to grow more faithful and be more prophetic in our witness. is is as much about our relationship to the immigrant church on the other side of town as it is to our overseas partners. eir message may not always be comfortable, or what we want to hear, just as the congregants in Nazareth experienced Jesus (Luke 4:16–30). Yet it is a necessary step in the evolution of the church if we are to remain faithful to our calling. is is a journey we began last year as we reflected on 180 years of Presbyterian World Mission. Learn more about the conference and read many of the conference presentations at: oikoumene.org/en/mission2018 Philip Woods is Presbyterian World Mission's area coordinator for the Middle East and Europe. Albin Hillert/WCC At the conference on world mission and evangelism, plenary speakers explored the ongoing equipping of disciples who are dedicated to spiritual growth and transformation.

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