Karl Barth on the Sent Church

As His community [the church] points beyond itself. At bottom it can never consider its own security, let alone its appearance. As His community it is always free from itself . . . . Its mission is not additional to its being. It is, as it is sent and active in its mission. It builds up itself for the sake of its mission and in relation to it.

Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics IV/1

Thanks to Brad Brisco for the great quote and photo.

The more I hear and read from Barth the more I think that his Church Dogmatics will hold some serious gems for the missional conversation.