(1) Mission means sending. The naked language establishes the genius of the germinal idea: the Sender, the sent, the sending purpose. The contextualized language in Scripture determines the theological perimeters of the concept.
(2) Mission as sending refers to the outreach of God from the loving-kindness and purposefulness of his nature.
(3) This expresses itself basically in the providential sendings reflective of his goodness, the judgmental sendings reflective of his justice, and the salvific sendings reflective of his love.
(4) The climatic expression is the sending of Jesus into the world for the redemption of humanity.
(5) The Christian and the church are created out of this missional purpose and, therefore, in it have their being and sense of identity, source of religious knowledge, standard of morality, system of values, and total directive for life.
(6) This purpose at its heart is twofold: to be sent to witness to God’s loving nature through ministry and to be sent to witness to God’s salvific work through evangelism.
(7) All Christian and ecclesial functions find their ultimate expression in the rhythmic return to God of the worship of loving service which has its motivation in the loving impulse of the divine sending.
(8) The sending judges the elitist idea and paternalistic practice of mission and places every Christian and every church in the world at the heart of the missional calling and task.
(9) Finally, it focuses on the praxis of mission; for we are sent into the world to bear a life-witness to God’s redemptive concern for all people everywhere in the face of issues which affect their daily lives.Dubose, God Who Sends, pp159-160