Today I spent much of my morning in a meeting considering the future of mission in this Benefice. Maps were drawn, lists were made, various plans and concerns were discussed and debated. The phrase “engaging stakeholders in mission-focused strategies, going forward” was uttered without irony.
But in the end, as one of my colleagues eventually reminded us, it really is remarkably simple. There are people in this area who don’t know Jesus – lots of them. Many of them have never had an opportunity to hear the gospel and consider what it might mean to them. It’s up to us to do something about that – “go, and make disciples of all people”.
Francis Xavier’s simple basis for his missionary work – there are people who haven’t heard the gospel, so he went to where they were and told them – is one we would do well to remember.
This year for Advent Book Club we are reading “Unearthly Beauty” by Magdalen Smith. Join in on Facebook or Twitter using #AdventBookClub.