Dewi Hughes from Tearfund started our second session as an iGroup exploring the historical relationship between mission and ecclesiology and how the challenge for Lausanne 2010 is to develop a better ecclesiology in the context of a bigger mission.
The key for me was the transformation has to equal both an individual and corporate transformation.
We then spent time looking at what makes Christians and the church stand out.
My group came up 3 things for an individual:
- Selfless in contrast with being selfish
- Prayer in contrast with being self-reliant
- A Christ centred hope in contrast with a short-term hope
For the church we suggested:
- A serving community
- A ‘family’ unit
- A beacon of hope
I struggle slightly with our conclusions because I’m not sure you have to be a Christian to be serving or to create a family atmosphere, but I’m not sure what we could write instead.
The theme across all the groups was instead of running bigger programmes the church needed to be the church in the local community, it was about giving time to those in our community, being in our local community.