Missio does not belong to the Church. Rather, it is an attribute of God.
- Missio means “to send with a purpose”. A more colorful word for it, and one that we use in daily life, is to fetch – “to go after something and bring it back.”
- Dei tells us whose Missio it is. It is God’s Missio, from beginning to end.
Theology books usually class “Mission” under the heading of Ecclesiology. It is one of the things that the church is supposed to do. The concept of Missio, on the other hand, belongs to the Doctrine of God.
When we speak of Missio, we are not speaking of a task handed off by God to the Church. Rather, we are speaking of something that continually flows from God because of who and what He is. Missio is an attribute of God. Just as he is the Holy God, the Righteous God, the Loving God, the Faithful God, he is also the Sending God. We could call it “His Sendingness.” Every thing He touches or picks up, he puts to use by sending it with a Purpose, and that Purpose is to Reconcile the world to Himself:
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” 2 Corinthians 5.17-20