Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

Nic over at 3DM nails it on the head as he goes through his 9 tips for transitioning a church to missional:

6. Don’t underestimate how long the process will take

As always I underestimated how long it would take for others to catch the heart of what it meant to raise missionary disciples through authentic, outwardly focused community. Why did I think that something that had taken me over a year to thoroughly investigate would be caught by the masses through a few preaches and some written material? How dumb can you be and still breathe!

This is a long process.

And it can be a long time before there is numerical, statistically relevant evidence of a growing community.

3 thoughts on “The Most Frustrating Part About Missional? THE TIMEFRAME

  1. Drew Brown says:

    very true. Anything worth doing definitely takes time. Where do you think this idea the things will happen quickly come from? North American culture in general or North American church culture in particular?

    1. jimdoepken says:

      I think it’s ingrained in our culture, top to bottom. We only see what’s in front of us and we have an attitude of immediate gratification, immediate results. There are pockets of a different way of thinking and being, where the marathon is respected in a way that the sprint is not. Perhaps part of the problem in the North American church is the fact that we operate, more or less, on a business model. However, instead of producing “widgets” we produce members, or church growth figures, or larger budgets.

      1. Therein I think lies the problem: we’re too focused on production that we treat people below the dignity they deserve as persons. If it’s a car, there should be deadlines, but with people, God seems to have more patience than we do.

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