Every time I read some quotes offered by someone’s reading of Karl Barth I wonder about being educated in a denomination where fear mongering of liberalism and neo-orthodoxy robbed us of some of these gems. Here from Brad Brisco and the Missional Church Network,
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