Baptist News has a story about a young pastor who turned around an urban church in Atlanta by having a missional focus and reflecting the neighborhood but then was called to a non-urban large, mostly-white church at a seaside resort. Why? Because that larger church wanted to be missional as well.
The main idea was is the following:
“Our guiding ethic — Tony’s guiding ethic — is that any church ought to reflect the community where it is placed.”
One of the things I have struggled with is seeing larger churches–which could be missional, reflecting their neighborhood–not reflecting their neighborhoods at all. Instead, these “destination churches” have members and friends who drive in from across town or from surrounding areas but don’t reach out to the people that are immediately around them. In a small town, I know, this kind of comes naturally. But I like this Pastor’s drive to make “missional” work in a larger church setting as well.