Quote: The Relationship Between Church and Mission

“The Church exists by mission, just as fire exists by burning.”

– Emil Brunner

Updated Source: The Word and the World by Emil Brunner (p. 108)

(Quoted in Michael Griffiths, God’s Forgetful Pilgrims: Recalling the Church to its Reason for Being, p. 135)

For more Missional Quotes, see Wikiquote: Missional

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
3 replies
  1. glenn
    glenn says:

    Mission is not something the church does, church is the expression of God’s mission. The redeemed community’s purpose is to be redemptive in their community. No burning, no fire. No mission, no …

    Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Bob Carder
    Bob Carder says:

    Glenn, Believers make up the Church and the church is redeemed by God to allow others to see Jesus in us and for God to be able to flow through us to redeem others.

    While I agree with your comments in what I hope you define, I need clarification. When you refer to church as an expression of God’s mission what do you mean by “church is the expression of God’s mission”? To what or whom do you refer?

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