Magazine article Anglican Journal

New Mission Challenges: Urbanization, Youth among Top Priorities

Magazine article Anglican Journal

New Mission Challenges: Urbanization, Youth among Top Priorities

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DOUG TINDAL

ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE

Mission and evengelism are like two sides of a coin for Christians, as "all are called and all are sent" to live and proclaim the Good News, says the report from Section 2.

The report quotes Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey's comment at the mid-point review of the decade of evangelism: "Mission which does not have evangelism as a focus is not Christian mission, and evangelism which keeps itself aloof from matters of justice and human welfare does not reflect adequately the biblical revelation. We must insist on the seamless character of mission and evangelism."

The section report targets four major challenges facing the church:

the challenge that "God is calling us at this moment" and is "working in the world today quite beyond the limits of our budgets, structures and expectations;"

the impacts of the global economy, particularly on young people and on the increasing flight from rural areas to cities;

the "globalization of the market economy" and its threat to "the identity and life of nations and communities," which often respond to this threat with "aggressive assertion of national and religious identity," which may bring persecution to religious minorities; and

the need to remain "faithful to the distinctiveness of the Gospel" in a world of increased mobility where people of different faiths must learn to live in harmony.

The congregation is the "fundamental unit for the proclamation of the gospel."

A clear mission strategy should be "integral" for every diocese as well, with proclamation and social concern going hand in hand. All dioceses should be encouraged to develop companion link relationships, the report urged.

In addition, "the bishop is distinctively someone to whom apostolic authority is given," the report states. …

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