Rick Dalby talks of the problems with “missional.” His comment is from the same Ed Stetzer article as yesterday’s quote:
Missional is a trendy buzzword. It means anything a church does. Feed the Hungry? Missional. Dig a well? Missional. Build grocery stores in poor neighborhoods? Missional. Rebuild Haiti? Missional. Landscape public schools? Missional. My personal belief is that “Missional” is a comforting substitute for the only real mission that Christ ever gave the church, preaching the gospel to our communities. But that would be hard and embarrassing in this post-modern, post-christian society..
The dictate often comes down from on high that every small group should be missional. Which means that every small group should adopt a project or have a mission. Donate backpacks to school children, uh make sure barefoot people have shoes, uh…free haircuts. Meanwhile attendance drops precipitously because we do everything but what the church exists for.