What Is the Mission of the Church? A Guide for Catholics

ISBN-10: 1570758107

ISBN-13: 9781570758102

Edition: 2008

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The essential guide to the "who, what, where and why" of mission and its meaning for the local and universal church. In this book, Roger Schroeder offers an up-to-date and inspiring overview of the mission of the church and its members. He distills the essentials of Scripture, the lessons of history, and church teaching since Vatican Council II. Book jacket.
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Orbis Books
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Roger G. Schroeder holds the Donaldson Chair in Operations Management at the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He is also the Co-Director of the Juran Center for Leadership in Quality and has earned an appointment as a Distinguished Teaching Professor. He received the B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering with high distinction from the University of Minnesota, MSIE University of Minnesota and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, he taught at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, and was an analyst for the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense. Professor Schroeder has received research grants from the Ford Foundation, American Production and Inventory Control Society, Exxon Education Foundation and the National Science Foundation. He is a recipient of the Morse Award for outstanding teaching at the University of Minnesota.

How the Concept of Mission Has Changed: An Introduction
From Ransoming Pagan Babies to Mission on Every Continent
New Understanding of Mission
Mission and Table Fellowship
Additional Considerations and Challenges
Aim and Structure of This Book
Questions for Reflection
Suggestions for Further Reading
Starting with the Big Picture: God's Mission, the Reign of God, and Christ the Savior
God's Mission and the Spirit
Jesus and the Reign of God
The Mission of Jesus and Table Fellowship
Jesus Christ, the Savior
Mission to All Peoples
Jesus Encounters the Samaritan Woman at the Well
Mission as Seeds and Weeds
Sketching the Big Picture
Questions for Reflection
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Spirit Leads the Disciples in New Directions: The Biblical Portrait of a Church Missionary by Nature
Before Pentecost (Acts 1): Disappointment and Expectation
Pentecost (Acts 2-5): Receiving Power to Bear Witness
Stephen and the Hellenists (Acts 6-7): Jewish Disciples Pushed beyond Their Comfort Zone
Samaria and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8): To the Ends of the Earth?
Cornelius and His Household (Acts 10:1-11:18): Peter and the Gentile Mission
Antioch (Acts 11:19-29): Mission Matures
Universal Mission (Acts 12-28): Missional and Church Self-Consciousness Spreads
A Tiny Church with a Universal Mission
Questions for Reflection
Suggestions for Further Reading
Mission from the Early Church to the Fall of Constantinople (100-1453): House Churches, Monks, Mendicants, and Beguines
Mission in the Early Church (100-301): Individual Christians in a Variety of Situations
Mission and the Monastic Movement (313-907): From Constantine to the Fall of the T'ang Dynasty
Mission and the Mendicant Movement (1000-1453): Preachers, Third Orders, and Beguines
Questions for Reflection
Suggestions for Further Reading
Mission from Columbus to the Fall of the Berlin Wall (1492-1989): Prophets, Jesuits, Missionary Societies, and New Approaches
Mission in the Age of Discovery (1492-1773): Conquistadors, Prophets, and Jesuits
Mission in the Age of Progress (1792-1914): Civilizers, Evangelizers, and Volunteer Societies
Mission in the Twentieth Century (1919-1989): The Emergence of World Christianity
Icons of the Transformation of Mission
Emergence of World Christianity: Christianity as a World Religion
Questions for Reflection
Suggestions for Further Reading
Three Documents as Sign Posts for Mission Today: The Why, Who, and Where of Mission
Mission before Vatican II: Saving Souls and Establishing the Church
Mission as Participation in the Mission of the Triune God
Implications of the Three Missional Principles of Vatican II
Mission as Liberating Service of the Reign of God
Mission as Proclamation of Jesus Christ as Universal Savior
The Why, the Who, and the Where of Mission
The Wedding Banquet as a Parable of Mission
Questions for Reflection
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Single but Complex Reality: The What of Mission
Witness and Proclamation
Liturgy, Prayer, and Contemplation
Pursuit of Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation
Interreligious and Secular Dialogue
Integrating the Single but Complex Reality of Mission
Questions for Reflection
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Mission-Driven Parish and Diocese: The Spirituality and Practice-the How-of Mission
The Spirituality of Mission
Prophetic Dialogue: Discerning the Already and the Not Yet
Practice of Mission
Once Again, Mission as a Single but Complex Reality
Table Fellowship as the Goal of Mission in Its Fullness
Summing Up: What Is the Mission of the Church?
Questions for Reflection
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Sample Parish Assessment Tool
Resources and Contact Information
Bibliography/Reference List
Official Catholic Church Documents Related to Mission after 1960 (in chronological order)
Basic Resources on Mission and for Mission Education
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