Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Missional Creed

As I have studied missional theology I have often wondered what a missional creed might include and what difference such a creed would make if read on a regular basis, like the Nicene and Apostles' creeds.  Here's is what I suggest for a missional creed:

We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, who sent his Son into the world, and who now sends us to reflect His heavenly kingdom on earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel, who was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and became man, the Light of Light who entered our darkened world to proclaim Good News to the poor, to heal the sick, and to set the oppressed free. For us and for our salvation He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. On the third day he rose as Victor from the dead. He ascended into heaven where he is head of his body, the church, and will come again in glory and judgment, and reign in his triumphal kingdom.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the giver of life, who leads us, the people of God on the mission of God, to further the kingdom of God. In this, we are called as Christ’s holy and apostolic church to bear witness to God’s love, mercy and justice, to proclaim Good News in word and deed, to make disciples of all peoples, for the redemption of all creation, to the glory of God’s holy name. Amen.


  1. Love this! Such a great way to look at creeds. If our creed doesn't spur us onto action, then it is useless.

  2. Yes, I've often wondered what difference it might have made for the Nicene Council to have cast the creed in missional terms.