Having a nice chilled out day today, I love holidays they give you space to reflect.
I have been thinking about this phase that has led to some discussion within our 24-7 family;"blessing and building" how that it sounds so narrow and attempts to put 24-7prayer into 2 different streams.
I really feel that if we build we bless and if we bless we build. We shouldn't get to stressed on seperating the two. A week ago I was thinking we should but as I reflect I find it hard to cut a straight line between the two.
24-7 prayer is, or should I say, should be, a church planting movement. Church planting is about building and blessing. Not a choice between one or the other, "Oh I'm a builder, Oh I'm a blesser" do me a favour..
I have been contacted by a number of people from YWAM over the last year asking if they could come to Ibiza to "do mission"!!! I am sure this is not representative of the whole of YWAM, but we are not called to do mission, we are called to be mission. We send people out in the summer to do mission with the hope that they will eventually be the mission. Inevitably we have to move from just doing mission, sending people out on short term teams, to being missional; sending them out permanently to plant, this is a natural and correct progression.
Short term mission should lead to long term mission which is really only validly expressed in church planting.
Whats so frightening about that statement? Nothing really. When Tracy and myself where commisioned as part of the 24-7 family to go establish a church in Ibiza at IAM5 what did people think they were doing?
Sending us on holiday!!!!?
All the debate about are we a church planting movement is very unsettling if you have been sent by the movement to plant!!!
Why so frightened? It's hardly like we are going to become a denomination or anything like that, but so what if we did?
I think we need new expressions of community all over the place enhancing and bringing flavour to the existing body of Christ.
I feel we can do this without being divisive.
I grew up in Belfast and I know that a few who read this blog still live there. I have seen divisivness at it's worst. lack of unity etc.. it's horrible and it sucks. But it's hardlly like a bunch of guys starting new communities around prayer, mission and justice are going to be devisisve?
As to the other one about we'll only plant in places were there isn't already a valid expression of church, what about Kansas City Boiler community?
It doesn't make sense that we are even having this debate, it's almost laughable, when we as a movement are already doing these things and giving permission for them to happen.
Lets stop back peddling and dilly dallying and get on and be all who we are meant to be.
From where I am sitting; having been given permission, I think we should plant, plant, plant.
I hope that's clear.
Maybe it's just the word people are frightened of:
church plant, church plant, church plant, church plant, church plant, church plant, church plant, church plant, church plant, church plant, etc...