I’ve covered a lot of lists here. And, each list runs the risk of oversimplifying this whole missional thing. There is no “Five Easy Ways to Be Missional” or “Ten Steps to an Effective Discipleship Program” or “Seven Missional Steps from Jesus” that is going to makes sense of this stuff. There are too many variables: context, local church, history, and the breadth of testimony and witness from the Scripture.
And yet I like these lists because they make me take stock of what’s going on in our local church setting. And, while we might not mesh with some aspects in the missional church in one place, we may find points of convergence in other places. Lists can be helpful.
So, it is in this spirit that I’ll call your attention to a list from Teresa Blay of Denmark. You can read her blog to see the details of what she puts forth. But, it’s a simple list, really. The four ways your church can be missional are:
1. Encourage and bless ministries that are ALREADY existing in your area.
2. Use your church facility to house community classes.
3. Take the congregation out of the church.
4. Begin a discipleship program.
It’s this last point, discipleship, that has been the rub as of late in our settings. We’re stronger on the first three points but keep proverbially beating our heads against a wall on this fourth point.
So…what shall we do…