What is the gospel?
As an OM team we recently spent an entire day discussing this and several other questions. To you, this might sound boring. Honestly, there were some on the team who felt that way, but our day of open discussion proved to be much more fruitful than anticipated.
I worked with my leadership team, and we planned a fun day involving food, breakout discussions and group sharing. It was a blessing to have my boss and her successor (who are on OM’s global leadership team) participate in our discussions. These two people are normally located in Canada or Germany respectively
Our day had two main objectives. 1) As an organisation all of us in OM are tasked to think and pray through some questions and feed them back to our global leadership team. 2) These questions are helpful for each of us as missionaries to consider, and collectively as a team to understand where each other stand on these questions.
Our first question we considered was ‘what is the gospel?’ This question was followed by a discussion of 'what is the nature of the church'. It was eye opening to realise how broad the gospel is and how diverse is our understanding of the church. The desired objective was not to create a comprehensive statement describing the gospel or church. The objective was to gain a better understanding of scope and diversity of our understanding of these concepts.