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Mission Minute: Andrew Donaldson

 Dr. Andrew Donaldson is serving as a worship consultant to the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland in its program on unity, mission, evangelism, and spirituality.Dr. Andrew Donaldson is serving as a worship consultant to the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland in its program on unity, mission, evangelism, and spirituality.

The program encourages churches to develop a sense of spirituality that is open to receive from other churches, cultures, and contexts, expanding the ecumenical sense of inclusiveness in the Christian family. It emphasizes peace with justice and elimination of poverty as counterbalances to internalized and privatized spirituality.

What is mission?

Donaldson: “Put simply, it’s being sent. You need a supporting group. You’re going with a particular thing to do, and that depends on gifts. You’re bringing your gifts from one area to another. Usually one goes because there is a need, and sometimes when you go there the need is somewhat different than what you’ve seen. But then you adapt your gifts, the message or the skill, or whatever it is you’re bringing to the new situation. So in essence, mission is going out to plant—planting a new plant.”

Why is mission necessary?

Donaldson: “The particular plant that I’m planting is the plant of Christian unity, and that is simple and complicated. The simple part is that Jesus prayed that we may be one, that the world believe, and that’s kind of the dream of the World Council of Churches. It’s necessary because we in the different branches of the Christian church, if we don’t work together, then we end up fighting or at least distrusting one another. And so, the work of trusting one another and working together across cultural and linguistic boundaries is a response to Jesus’ prayer that we may be one. And I think that it’s important that the world sees love in action. ”


Andrew is a Global Ministries missionary. Read his profile.

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