Mission rooted in relationship means mutuality, inclusivity, vulnerability, sustainability and empowerment. Mostly it means growth – for everyone involved. Together we listen, learn and deepen our understanding of one another. As we recognize and affirm one another’s gifts, we become invested. These investments are the center of global mission.
The ELCA has organized its global engagement around the theology and practice of accompaniment, walking together with Lutheran, ecumenical and interfaith sisters and brothers around the world. We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together.
A lot of mission work historically looked like this: there is God’s story, my story and your story. Mission meant me bringing God’s story to you. God’s story is on my side, and you are on the other side. I’m crossing boundaries to bring God to you.