This is an extremely important analysis of the pre-conciliar document on Orthodox missions. It should be read carefully by all those interested in Orthodox missiology.
The Center for Ecumenical, Missiological and Environmental Studies“Metropolitan Panteleimon Papageorgiou”(CEMES)
Without denying the importance of the other pre-conciliar documents, the one on mission is of extraordinary significance. Not only because the Church exists for the world, and not for herself, but also because it comes at a time that the entire world has enthusiastically received two similar mission statements: Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (2013), and almost simultaneously the new Mission Statement: “Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes”.
On the initiative of the Center for Ecumenical, Missiological and Environmental Studies “Metropolitan Panteleimon Papageorgiou” (CEMES), we, the undersigned 15 Orthodox professional missiologists, were engaged in a thorough examination of this document and submitted to the Ecumenical Patriarch and all the Orthodox Primates an extended study with suggestions for certain improvements (in Greek and English).
In this study we focused on five main areas:
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