The Danish Mission Council (DMC) is marking 100 years of ministry by focusing this year on the theme, ‘Partnership in Mission.’ Last week they held seminar on their centennial theme in the city of Odense, and I was privileged to participate. Denmark, along with the rest of Scandinavia, is unique for good ecumenical relationships that result in rich and helpful dialogue between the different expressions of the Christian faith. Perhaps this is one reason why churches of Denmark are treated by the Danish government with high confidence. As a result, an increasing amount of resources is channelled through the churches and mission organisations for community development around the globe. Valuable documents, fruit of the Danish experience can be found on their website (two of them are in English, for those who don’t read Danish!).
As you will see, the partnership vision of the DMC comes from themes that are important expressions of Christian discipleship: “the vision for a good and fruitful co-operation (partnership) in mission is relational and person-focused partnerships, centred around Christ, unity in faith and common values, characterised by trust, openness and transparency”.
Between denominations and mission agencies, the 36 organisations in the DMC represent the breadth of the Christian Church in Denmark.