The April 2015 issue of the Journal of Lutheran Mission is a special edition published outside of the regularly scheduled editions. The April 2015 edition features an introduction by President Harrison and a classic piece of Lutheran missiology titled, “The Lutheran Church Plants Lutheran Mission,” by Friedrich Wilhelm Hopf translated by Deaconess Rachel Mumme and Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison.

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Hopf presents three basic missiological sentences:

1. The Lutheran Church can only do Lutheran mission.

2. Lutheran mission can only be done by the Lutheran church.

3. Lutheran mission must lead to a Lutheran church.

The essay presents the idea that seems self-evident but isn’t always present in practice that the goal of Lutheran mission is to lead to Lutheran churches. Although a variety of mission strategies can be used to reach people, some of which might have intermediate goals such as human care, English as a second language, education, as long as the ultimate goal is to plant a Lutheran church, or to strengthen an existing Lutheran church (in the case of a partner church).

This piece is a thoughtful piece worth the read.

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http://blogs.lcms.org/2015/journal-of-lutheran-mission-april2015