The Mission Focus for May and June – Accompaniment

May 29, 2020

What is this word accompaniment? To accompany means to “walk with.” The ELCA, in partnership with other international Lutheran bodies, proposed five accompaniment values to unpack what accompaniment means: Mutuality, Inclusivity, Vulnerability, Empowerment, and Sustainability. For five weeks, this section will explore one in depth.

Vulnerability – A commitment to relationships which are open to Christ’s transformation and reconciliation. Here is what a congregation which is beginning to embrace vulnerability looks like: Participants begin to experience relationships with others as emotionally, psychologically and physically safe. Common ground and grace allow mistakes to be made and forgiven, opening the way to future trust.