International Mission Partnership Consultation 2024

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland will organise its second Mission Partnership Consultation in Helsinki, Finland, 26 – 30 August 2024. The theme of the consultation is
Your Will Be Done – Church and Mission in Changing Landscapes“.

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland will invite representatives from their partner churches and from other important partner organisations to the consultation. The Church will also invite its ecumenical partners from the Lutheran World Federation, the World Council of Churches and the Conference of European Churches as well as our local Finnish partners.

The purpose of the consultation is to strengthen the identity of the Church as a missionary church who has strong cooperation around the world. It strengthens the reciprocal relationship between the Church and its global partners as well as it strengthens the Church’s identity as a part of the one church of Jesus Christ. Within the framework of the consultation, parishes and dioceses around Finland are able to invite their international mission partner churches for visits.

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In August 2024 the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland will host its second International Mission Partnership Consultation in Helsinki. The theme will be ”Your Will Be Done – Church and Mission in Changing Landscapes”. The theme of the second International Mission Partnership Consultation in 2024 has  been taken from the Lord’s Prayer. It underlines the importance of the Prayer as a common heritage shared by all Christians and, as such, emphasizes their unity. At the same time “Your Will Be Done” describes the participation of the church and Christians, together, in the great mission movement of God (missio Dei) and the doing of God’s will in a rapidly changing world. Christians pray and act together for the coming of God´s kingdom and for the doing of God’s will in this world. This is common witness. In addition, see the link below to the “Common Witness 2023”, which is the global mission policy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

The International Mission Partnership Consultation will remind everyone of the unity of Christians and the task of witnessing to Christ that has been assigned to them. Christians are united as one so ”that the world may believe.” (John 17:21). Churches and Christians need one another. The mission of the church is being undertaken in a globalized and rapidly changing world in which churches in their many diverse contexts are facing the questions and phenomena posed by a postmodern environment. The diverse contexts provide a wide variety of conditions for Christian witness in word and deed.

The purpose of the consultation is to come together with more than 40 international representatives of mission partnership churches from around the world, in addition to more than 40 Finnish mission and ecumenical guests. They will reflect on a number of current themes arising from their various contexts, telling and listening to stories originating in their various contexts, so that they can search for common and best practices, and learn from one other. The International Mission Partnership Consultation will provide a concrete reminder of the universality of Christ’s Church: what happens to churches and Christians elsewhere in this world has a direct impact on the life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and on that of all Finnish Christians.

Another living reminder of the universality of the Church and of its inextricable connection with the Church’s mission will take the form of visits by the international partners to a number of Finnish dioceses and parishes before and/or following the consultation organized by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland in Helsinki (26 – 30 August 2024). In addition, the Church’s mission agencies and the Finn Church Aid will organize their own meetings with their respective partners in order to strengthen their partnerships and to plan more effective ways of performing the tasks that they have in common. The updated list of meetings will be posted here.

The first International Mission Partnership Consultation of the Church was organized in Järvenpää, Finland, in the spring of 2014, and its theme at that time was, Your Kingdom Come”.  It was the first time that the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland had gathered representatives of its mission partner churches from all over the world to reflect on, discuss, and celebrate mission in unity and unity in mission. Previously, some of the mission agencies of the Church had invited their own partners to Finland, but the 2014 meeting gathered together representatives of all the Church´s then seven Finnish Lutheran mission agencies.

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The Office for Global Mission as part of the Department for International Relations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland develops, coordinates, and guides the mission of the Church together with its parishes, dioceses, and partner organisations. The Synod of the Church has admitted nine organisations as mission and international diakonia agencies of the Church. They implement the mission and the international diaconia of our Church together with their international partners.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland’s organisations and signatory agencies in mission and international diaconia:

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Common Witness 2023 is the global mission policy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. The Bishops’ Conference approved it in its meeting in October 2022. The first part of the policy describes the church’s basic theological understanding of mission. The church is missionary, and the church and all its members should lead a missional life. The second part of the text lists the document’s key policy principles.
Mission organisations and organisations working in the field of international diaconia that have signed a framework agreement with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland are committed to the global mission policy approved by the Bishops’ Conference and the principles contained within the policy. Both framework agreements for mission and for international diaconia are valid for a five-year period.

Read it in English and in Spanish:

Common Witness 2023                Testimonio común 2023

 

International Mission Partnership Consultation will be held in Cultural Centre and Conference Hotel Sofia in Helsinki, 26 – 30 August 2024.Kulttuurikeskus Sofian kappelista kuva

International Mission Partnership Consultation is an even by invitation-only. The invitation to our guests will be sent end of this year. Guests of the consultation and parishioners of the Church can be met at events organised by our partner organisations, dioceses and parishes before and after the consultation. Information on these events, as well as on the open events and streamed plenary sessions of the International Mission Partnership Consultation, will be updated on this website.

The official logo of the International Mission Partnership Consultation is available to be used for events and communications related to the consultation. Download the logos from here.

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Draft Programme

Changes to the programme are possible

Time Programme Place
12:00 Arrivals & Registration Sofia Lobby
13:30 Coffee & Snacks Sofia Lobby
14:30 Introduction & Welcome Sofia Auditorium
15:30 Bus to Vuosaari Church Sofia main entrance
16:00 Opening Service Vuosaari Church
17:30 Bus to Sofia Centre Outside the church
18:00 Dinner Sofia Restaurant Xenia
19:00 Reception by Sofia Cultural Centre & Socialising Sofia Lobby

 

Time Programme Place
8:30 Morning prayer Sofia Chapel
9:15 Plenary: TBC Sofia Auditorium
10:30 Coffee break Sofia Lobby
11:00 Panel: TBC Sofia Auditorium
12:15 Mid-day prayer Sofia Auditorium
12:30 Lunch break Sofia Restaurant Xenia
14:00 Workshops Sofia
16:00 Coffee break
16:30 Optional cultural activities
18:00 Music: Make Perttilä & Group and Evening Prayer Sofia Auditorium
19:00 Dinner Sofia Restaurant Xenia
20:00 Sauna & Swimming (optional) Sauna and swimming in the sea

Time Programme Place
8:30 Morning prayer at the sea (orthodox) Sofia Lobby to the seaside
9:15 Plenary: TBC Sofia Auditorium
10:30 Coffee break Sofia Lobby
11:00 Panel: TBC Sofia Auditorium
12:15 Mid-day prayer Sofia Auditorium
12:30 Lunch break Sofia Restaurant Xenia
14:00 Workshops Sofia
16:00 Break
16:30 Bus to Helsinki city centre Sofia Main Entrance
17:00 Visit to Helsinki Cathedral, prayer Helsinki Cathedral
18:15 Free time in the city centre Helsinki
19:30 Bus to Sofia Helsinki Cathedral
20:00 Dinner Sofia Restaurant Xenia

Time Programme Place
8:30 Morning prayer Sofia Chapel
9:15 Plenary: TBC Sofia Auditorium
10:30 Coffee break Sofia Lobby
11:00 Panel: TBC Sofia Auditorium
12:15 Mid-day prayer Sofia Auditorium
12:30 Lunch break Sofia Restaurant Xenia
14:00 Workshops Sofia
15:00 Concluding Plenary Sofia Auditorium
16:00 Coffee break
16:30 Bus to Östersundom Church Sofia Main Entrance
17:00 Closing Service Östersundom Church
18:30 Bus to Sofia Outside the church
19:00 Closing dinner & Thanksgiving Sofia Restaurant Xenia

Time Programme Place
7:30 Breakfast Hotel
All day Departures

Contact

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