The 3V Movement talks about why it’s so hard to be missional in the suburbs — the suburbs divide us up and keep us from running into each other in relationship. What is needed, they say, is REPEATED SPONTANEOUS CONTACT.
The way the gospel becomes rooted in people’s lives is through the well-worn paths of consistent relationship. Relationship is the netting that allows people and communities to catch and spread the gospel virus. Without the web of friendships formed by regular spontaneous contact, our best gospel intentions tend to slip through the cracks and spill out onto the over-paved ground of the suburbs. Like friendship, discipleship takes repeated spontaneous contact, which is why the physical environment of the suburbs is such a difficult place to plant a missional church!
So, that leaves me thinking about the places of “repeated spontaneous contact” in our own communities.