Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

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As we close out the year, I’ve decided to take a week or so off from this site to focus on family a little bit more. I’ll see you in the first week of the new year.

Until that time I thought I’d remember the most important concept for me, missionally. It’s THE INCARNATION. It’s where God becomes one of us, moves into our neighborhood, enters our life, our pain our trouble. This is our God being “missional” — on a mission to and with us.

So too, if we are to live missionally, we must be incarnated, enfleshed, in the world around us, in the lives of the persons around us. We, too, need to move into our neighborhoods, bringing the love and grace of Christ.

Have a blessed Christmas and a wonderful start to the new year.

The incredible thing about Jesus is that He loved un-apologetically. He loved when it was difficult, and kept on loving, when they hung Him on a cross. Scripture warns that in the last days, people’s love will grow cold. (Matt 24:12) Let’s resolve to not let that happen and instead intentionally pursue love in every aspect of our ministry this year.

(From Jen Avellaneda at Missional Women)

What I love about Jesus is that He engaged people, constantly. He befriended, asked questions, and truly valued connection with not only people…But with God. As a result, Jesus only said and did what He saw and heard the Father doing. (John 5:19) How might our ministry look differently this year if we only moved, did, worked, and made decisions based from a place of intentional connection with Him?

(From Jen Avellaneda at Missional Women)

John Ward, over at Encompass World Partners, says the following:

This Christmas I want to live in such a way that people experience the joy of Emmanuel, God with us, I want to live an intentional missional Christmas. Here are some ideas I’m praying and processing through as I seek to lead my family to live into this season of hope, and as we seek to share that hope with others.

The four suggestions he has are:

  1. Feast on Jesus through an Advent Reading
  2. Invite friends who don’t know Jesus into your Christmas Festivities.
  3. Don’t let the busyness of Christmas keep you from connecting with people.
  4. If it’s better to give then receive… GIVE!

What other examples could you offer?

From Ben Connelly:

Jesus probably wasn’t born on December 25, and God didn’t invent Halloween or Thanksgiving. But these and other annual days have been carved into our culture, to cease work, celebrate, and engage others. Gifts abound in December, giving us an easy chance to surprise coworkers and classmates with cookies or a brief note. And the world still rings in the New Year with gatherings and far more pomp than Israel’s trumpet blast.

Instead of celebrating this Christmas season, New Years Eve, and other occasions alone or with just-Christian friends—and instead of creating “Christian” versions of special events already happening in our city and neighborhood— let’s celebrate these occasions on mission. Let’s display the gospel through generosity, grace, conversation, and joy. And let’s declare the gospel through stories, toasts, and prayers. Sure, many cultural celebrations have long forgotten God. But we haven’t, and we’ve been sent to those who have.

Disciple-making is more about imitation than it is about information.

Jesus is more interested in what we do in practice than in what we absorb in the abstract. Which isn’t to say that Christian education is wrong, it’s just that’s not the end goal. The reason we study is in order that we might build our lives more firmly on the rock that is Jesus – by putting into practice what we hear him say.

So Jesus calls us to a lifestyle of discipleship, whereby we are constantly growing as Jesus-imitators.

This is the foundation for how the church is to grow, because mission, at its core essence, is about inviting people into a discipling relationship with Jesus.

(Via The Fellowship Community)

December 16, 2016

I’m feeling the bug again…feeling the itch…feeling the call. I’m feeling like we need to do missional communities again in our setting. I’m not sure the time is now, but I feel it is coming.

With that I found the following from Verge to be appropriate:

So let’s say you are really captivated by this idea of Missional Communities. The idea of re-creating an extended family on mission together really grabs your heart, mind and soul.

Where do you begin?

Really, it begins with two very simple questions as you are praying:

1) Who do you want to be good news to?

2) To people in that community, what is good news?

Far too often we rely on clever ideas or what appear to be easy solutions. Let’s be honest: We think we’re smart enough, organized enough or hard enough workers to do mission successfully…so we ask God to bless whatever we’ve already put our minds to.

It may sound cliche, but what we really need to do is hear from the Lord and let his Spirit show us the way. He has shaped us in particular ways and he has been at work, preparing the harvest fields.

So God…what do you want me to hear?