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Spirituality and Mission in the Workplace: New Missional Initiatives in Eurasia

Spirituality and Mission in the Workplace: New Missional Initiatives in Eurasia

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“Mission in profession” has become one of the most notable
missionary trends in the post-Soviet space; i.e. mission of Christians in
professional communities. 
Questions remain about how these missional initiatives
will be consistent with ecclesiastical trends, as well as how missionary
activity itself will correlate with spirituality. It is obvious that in these
territories new ecclesiastical formats will arise. How can these professional
Christian communities organize themselves professionally and ecclesiastically?
Will the church be able to use this potential, or will this blur the boundaries
of the church and threaten its “canonical territories”? 
Obviously, these ideas need
a holistic theological reflection and wide discussion with church ministers.
Especially about spirituality and its implications for the mission in this
area. What forms of spirituality are possible in the workplace so that it is
not “too religious”? How can Christian spirituality manifest itself in the
workplace and how can it serve the mission? 
As our studies show, there is
controversial correlation between missionary activity and spiritual growth, and
sometime activity harms spirituality. So we believe that our understanding of
spirituality and mission needs to be corrected, and they must be parts of a
holistic Christian life, in which vita activa and vita contémplativa are
complemented and strengthened. 
Without paying special attention to
spirituality, our missionary activity in the workplace risks remaining one more
attempt “to change the world”, without renewing Christian identity and
missional ecclesiology. Based on the experience of Eurasia Mission and our
partners we want to offer some key points
that can stimulate discussion about raised questions and then show how these
new missional initiatives become stimulus of new reformation in the direction
of holistic spirituality and holistic mission.

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