Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

I found this word over at “About the Connection” in a post by REv. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker:

How do we unlock and allow for the Holy Spirit to enable “permissionaries on the bleeding edge”(Term coined by Mark DeVries and Kenda Creasy Dean from Ministry Incubators) of the church to lead us into the mission field? How do we inspire hope and possibility, rather than allow and contribute to the narrative of fear, crisis and despair? Robert Schnase offers a starting place:

Permission-giving leaders shift from “How can I change those people to get them to do what I want?” to “What are the changes I’m willing to make to unleash people for ministry?” – Robert Schnase, Bishop of the Missouri Episcopal Area

In such a complex system as our beloved United Methodist Church, we must release one another as permission-giving leaders (permissionaries). None of us knows the full picture of the complexity of our UM connection. We may get glimpses of it from our own cultural, contextual lens in which we operate, but we will never be able to fully conceive all the people, the places, the relationships that must take place for a vital connection to work for the mission of making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This is hard work! So, let us trust God to unleash the work of the Holy Spirit in places and spaces where creativity and wonder can grow! The Divine imagination of innovation is a wonderful image for the 21st Century Church in our 21st Century Mission field!!

Always nice to see United Methodists in the discussion.

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