The article contends that when the church creates, especially in and through worship, her own world, her mission will be truncated and/or narrowly defined; when it accepts God's created world, her worship will empower mission. Worship as ritual has enormous power to create a special world--something observable in 'ethnic' congregations and cults--and mission then becomes the maintaining of it. Nevertheless, Scripture and theology teach that creating a special world and relegating God to it is idolatry. Four ways in which worship may rediscover and recover God's world so that it may empower the church's mission to that world are discussed.
Riegert, Eduard R.
"Worship and the church's mission,"
Consensus: Vol. 9
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholars.wlu.ca/consensus/vol9/iss1/3