Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What does it mean to be missional and confessional?

At the current Pastoral Leadership conference, there is quite a bit to chew on. One thing that we are discussing today is what it means to be confessional and missional. Often we tend to almost make it sound like it is separated. However, how can it be?

Jesus tells Peter, "Feed my sheep." He told the disciples, "Go and make disciples." He told the disciples to "love one another, to serve, and to teach all that I have taught you." At the same time throughout the Church, we have struggled through some major theological debates that we must not forget. We have theological statements in our confession from the 16th century that totally emulate what we are going through today.

I am currently struggling with where to go nowadays as a confessional Lutheran and attempting to think outside our institutional box for missions. The question that I will be asking for quite some time, "What does it mean to be a confessional/missional Lutheran Christian?"

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