Ecclesiology – The Church as Communion and Mission

Author: Morris Pelzel, Ph.D.

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This text presents a theological study of the Church with a particular focus on the Church as “communion” and “mission.” It follows the vision of the Second Vatican Council in explaining the nature and identity of the Church. It will help readers:

  • Answer the call to communion and mission in specific ways of life and activity
  • Understand what is meant by a “communion of disciples”
  • Clarify the ordering and structure of the Church
  • Examine the Church’s ministries of Word and Sacrament
  • Understand the Church’s evangelizing activity in the world for transforming human society in the light of the Gospel
  • See that being one, holy, catholic, and apostolic is both what the Church is, as well as what the Church is called to become
  • Understand the role of Mary in the life of the Church