The doctrinal discussion was carried our between 2002 and 2006. The point of departure were the project guidelines (see below) drawn up on the basis of a resolution of the Belfast Assembly and adopted by the Executive Committee.
Core questions were: how can the Protestant churches in Europe assume their missionary responsibility most effectively? Is there a specific Protestant profile in the mission?
The document that was prepared by a study group 2002-2004 and revised taking account of the comments of the churches was received, accepted and – after a revision - made its own by the General Assembly 2006. The final version was published as a brochure in 2007.