by Wayne Schwab
What is the church’s mission and who carries it out?
An old answer: the church is a museum; its mission is to preserve Christian teaching and practice.
A popular answer today: the church is missional carrying on programs and activities that serve its community. The members support the institution in its community service programs and activities.
An answer we need: the members are the primary agents of God’s mission in today’s world to make each part of daily life more loving and more just. The institution acts as a base camp, supporting the members in their daily missions in each part of their daily lives.