„While we may not have the financial resources to start new projects in Germany, mirroring the one in Marzahn – because this would amount to starting a whole new infrastructure right from the scratch – we do have congregations of our church who do command over an extraordinary good infrastructure, already.“
That is – to cut a long story short, the center of those thoughts, our director of missions – Roger Zieger – shared with the congregation in Göttingen during our mission festival.
Well – that might sound a bit optimistic to some. Obvious is: a congregation is not automatically a mission station, too. Some congregations rather define themselves by setting up a fence, some lack the power, the charisma, the vision. Often people do not really have an an answer to the question: do we want mission – or is it ‚just‘ a growing congregation we crave? Yes, and is there a difference between the two, where do they meet each other?
Bear with me and let us think along that line: Why not – as a congregation – work out a concept, together with our Lutheran Church-Mission, which explains to us the meaning of being a mission minded congregation, a mission station? A thorough analysis – Zieger said – will be the unavoidable starting point: What are our congregational challenges – where do our strengths ly? For some congregations, this might mean an engagement to immigrants, others might find there place in grief work. Some congregations might be well equipped to offer workshops to children, others might join or initiate a food program for the poor. Important – according to Zieger – is to develop points of contact, enabling people to get a first – if indirect or non-verbal – contact with the Gospel.
The Lutheran Church-Mission is currently examining the idea of employing a missionary who’s task it would be to help congregations in the development and running of such projects.
written by Revd Stefan Förster
translated by RZ
For once an article concerning a mission festival, written by one of the attendants, thanks for the help 🙂