THE HELSINKI CONSULTATION
FOR JEWISH CONTINUITY IN MESSIAH
Mission and Work
The Helsinki Consultation consists of an international fellowship of Jewish scholars and theologians who acknowledge Jesus as Israel’s Messiah and who live as members of diverse ecclesial bodies.
The Consultation includes Messianic Jews and Jews from Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox churches. Named after the city in which the first meeting was held in 2010, it originates in the desire of these Jewish disciples of Jesus to learn from one another and to establish a vehicle for exploring their common concerns.
The Consultation aims at elaborating and promoting a united voice for Jewish followers of Jesus.
While holding differing views on many important questions, the participants agree that the existence and life of Jews within the body of Christ has theological significance for the whole. It is our conviction that the Church in its essence is the communion of Jews and those from the nations called to faith in Christ.
Accordingly, we believe that:
-The Church must find a way to support Jews in its midst in sustaining a distinct Jewish identity.
Messianic Jews seek to fulfill this goal through establishing Messianic Jewish ecclesial communities. This may not be possible or desirable for Jews in Catholic, Protestant, or Orthdodox churches, but lessons for all may still be learned from Messianic Jews.
-Jewish believers in Jesus must live in visible communion with those from the nations who share their faith.
Jews in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox churches express this reality through membership in communities which are predominantly non-Jewish in composition. This may not be possible or desirable for Messianic Jews, but Messianic Jews might learn lessons from their brothers´ and sisters´ experience.
The Helsinki Consultation meets annually in order to exchange views on these vital issues.
This exchange takes place through the presentation and discussion of papers and the preparation of a joint statement at the conclusion of the meetings.
This website makes public the results of our efforts, in hope that they might be of benefit to other Jewish believers in Jesus and to the Jewish people as a whole.