Thursday, April 03, 2008

Friend of Missional

Been checking out a website called Friend of Missional

You may have seen it, I really like it, it points the way to some good reading and isn't overly patronizing or cynical.

They try to get to grips with the word "Missional" I've just lifted stuff straight from the site.

Trying to work out what a missional community looks like here in Ibiza isn't overly complicated but it is more a journey of discovery than a 5 year plan.

Heres some stuff from the site:

At its core, missional is a shift in thinking. This shift in thinking is expressed by Ed Stetzer and David Putman in their book, "Breaking the Missional Code" (Broadman & Holman, 2006) like this:

  • From programs to processes
  • From demographics to discernment
  • From models to missions
  • From attractional to incarnational
  • From uniformity to diversity
  • From professional to passionate
  • From seating to sending
  • From decisions to disciples
  • From additional to exponential
  • From monuments to movements


Making this shift can be difficult for many (particularly Evangelical Americans), but to fully appreciate what the missional church is, we must look outside of our traditional understanding of how we do church and realign ourselves with the biblical narrative. So, as you consider the following "description," don't attempt to understand it within your traditional framework, shift your thinking.

What is Missional - A Short Answer

"Jesus told us to go into all the world and be his ambassadors, but many churches today have inadvertently changed the "go and be" command to a "come and see" appeal. We have grown attached to buildings, programs, staff and a wide variety of goods and services designed to attract and entertain people.

"Missional is a helpful term used to describe what happens when you and I replace the "come to us" invitations with a "go to them" life. A life where "the way of Jesus" informs and radically transforms our existence to one wholly focused on sacrificially living for him and others and where we adopt a missionary stance in relation to our culture. It speaks of the very nature of the Jesus follower."

---Rick Meigs 

In our success driven world a guy called JR Woodward has written a really good definition of success on his blog. I got this link from missional as well.

Success is…

  1. Not simply how many people come to our church services, but how many people our church serves.
  2. Not simply how many people attend our ministry, but how many people have we equipped for ministry.
  3. Not simply how many people minister inside the church, but how many minister outside the church.
  4. Not simply helping people become more whole themselves, but helping people bring more wholeness to their world. (ie. justice, healing, relief)
  5. Not simply how many ministries we start, but how many ministries we help.
  6. Not simply how many unbelievers we bring into the community of faith, but how many ‘believers’ we help experience healthy community.
  7. Not simply working through our past hurts, but working alongside the Spirit toward wholeness.
  8. Not simply counting the resources that God gives us to steward, but counting how many good stewards are we developing for the sake of the world.
  9. Not simply how we are connecting with our culture but how we are engaging our culture.
  10. Not simply how much peace we bring to individuals, but how much peace we bring to our world.
  11. Not simply how effective we are with our mission, but how faithful we are to our God.
  12. Not simply how unified our local church is, but how unified is “the church” in our neighborhood, city and world?
  13. Not simply how much we immerse ourselves in the text, but how faithfully we live in the story of God.
  14. Not simply being concerned about how our country is doing, but being concern for the welfare of other countries.
  15. Not simply how many people we bring into the kingdom, but how much of the kingdom we bring to the earth.
Just some food for thought for all of us who are trying to create fresh expressions of what it means to be church in an ever changing world.

3 comments:

JR Woodward said...

Brain,

Thanks for the mention. I'm glad you got something out of my working definition of success. I wish you well. Peace.

Anonymous said...

I love this stuff! It is the perfect playground material for the creativity of God's life to be displayed to His sons and daughters and call them HOME. Thank you for sharing your process with us!

rick hill said...

interestin post - been thinking thro and bloggin abit about this stuff myself recently...thanks