Process and Progress: A Case Study in India. The mission of the church and its unity are integrally related: the Lord has given the mission to His one church, just as He has given unity to the people of God in mission. In John 17, 20-21, He says, “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou. Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” This rather complicated way of describing unity and mission makes it inescapable that the two always go together and that the denial or weakening of one becomes the denial or weakening of the other.
Zorn, Herbert M.
"The Mission of the Church and its Unity,"
Consensus: Vol. 1
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholars.wlu.ca/consensus/vol1/iss3/3