Mission-Shaped Church: A Critical Commentary and Analysis

2.4 Raw Definitions of Apostolicity

How might we change? First of all, referring again to the passage from Acts, we need to be an Apostolic Church and the Report rightly puts this at the centre of its thinking; but to infer from this that the outward sign of Apostolicity is numeric growth is at least problematic. In order to dispel the nostalgia, let us draw the antitheses between what we were and what we are imperfectly trying to be:

This is a relatively raw set of definitions but the Apostolic Church was raw, raw with the power of the Holy Spirit. Like all major organisations we have used too much of our energy to achieve institutional refinement as an inadequate substitute for trust.