Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries”, but rather that we are always “missionary disciples”. – Pope Francis, Evangelli Gaudium 120
The 2015 Mission Congress, Witnessing Mission: Called to be Missionary Disciples, explored our baptismal call to be missionary disciples and how the evangelization mission of the Church compels us to encounter culture. Mission Congress participants reflected on what it means to be missionary disciples in today’s world and how we are called by the Gospel to preach and serve those in need around us, whether in far off places around the world or on the corner where we live.
Throughout the four-day Congress we reflected on four main themes:
- The relationship of the New Evangelization and missiology;
- The connection between evangelization and the Gospel call to service;
- How service is mission discipleship in action;
- How being missionary disciples calls us to encounter different cultures in the spirit of accompaniment.
The 2015 Mission Congress is organized by the Catholic Mission Forum (CMF).