Worship and Mission in Anabaptist Perspective and Practice

Alan Kreider and Eleanor Kreider, in their work on Worship and Mission after Christendom, offer this insightful observation about the relationship of worship to mission for much of the history of Western Christianity:

“During the Christendom centuries, the phrase “worship and mission” occurred rarely, if ever. Worship was what the church in Christendom existed to do; worship was its central activity. Mission, on the other hand, was peripheral and rarely discussed. Mission took place “out there,” in “regions beyond,” in “mission lands”—beyond Christendom.”