Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

John Ward, over at Encompass World Partners, says the following: This Christmas I want to live in such a way that people experience the joy of Emmanuel, God with us, I want to live an intentional missional Christmas. Here are some ideas I’m praying and processing through as I seek to lead my family to …

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From Ben Connelly: Jesus probably wasn’t born on December 25, and God didn’t invent Halloween or Thanksgiving. But these and other annual days have been carved into our culture, to cease work, celebrate, and engage others. Gifts abound in December, giving us an easy chance to surprise coworkers and classmates with cookies or a brief …

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Missional in the City

From Brad Watson at the Verge

Our cities are the gathering place of culture, human capital, and change. Suburban flight is a reality as young educated creatives flock to cities for the opportunities and lifestyle it offers. All this comes on the heals of the American church surrendering property and influence in the urban core while finding its place as the religion of the suburbs. Evangelical Christianity doesn’t have a literal or cultural place in the city. We gave it up decades ago. Now, we’re trying to reengage in a context completely different from the orderly and homogeneous context of the suburbs the church has made its home.

Cities need both worship gatherings and missional communities to intersect the people and needs of the city. (My book, “Sent Together”, expands even further on missional communities in cities). We need for missional communities in the city because it is in the context of relationship that the gospel shines brightly, speaks clearly, and welcomes sojourners with questions and doubt

November 22, 2016

This I hadn’t really thought of before. Most of the missional conversation involves “going out.” We’re getting the people out of the church into the community. We’re engaged in service projects. We’re trying to meet people where they are. It all seems so very basic. But what if, for some reason, you can’t really “get …

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The word ‘missional’ seems to have traveled the remarkable path of going from obscurity to banality in only a decade.

— Alan J. Roxburgh

October 4, 2016