Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

If we fail to “go” to the people, then to encounter the gospel meaningfully they must “come.” This is the inbuilt assumption of the attractional church; it requires that the nonbeliever do all the cross-cultural work to find Jesus—not us! (Via Saturate and Alan Hirsch)


For far too long, far too many churches of every shape and size and color, have not had the goal to go and do like Jesus says or go and sin, but their story has been “come to us.”

“Come to us, and we will feed you spiritually.” “Come to us, and we will provide programs for you and your children.” “Come to us, and we will make you comfortable with the concept of church. ” “Come to us, and we’ll help you serve the body of Christ. “

June 12, 2016

Here I sit, reading up on the missional work of the church, lamenting the lack of missional engagement, preaching that “attractional” just won’t work anymore and that we need to have our folks missionally engaged. And, truly, I believe it. I believe that the future of the church is going to look different than what …

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Let’s face it – most of our congregations really want people to come to the church campus. Being the hands and feet of Christ in the world is a nice thought, but we judge ourselves successful by how many people are in worship this Sunday. The attractional church model is the prevalent model for being and doing church. For better or worse, the Christian culture and Modern world-view upon which the attractional church model was built, is quickly disappearing. How are we to be and do church now?

(via church net)

March 4, 2016

We’ve tried the “build it and they will come” approach extensively throughout American history. “They,” however, no longer come and are not likely to come again anytime soon. As George Barna says, “It’s time to acknowledge that the institutional, programmatic approach to facilitating true faith is as broken as it can get – much more broken than the people being numbered as God’s chosen ones.”


March 8, 2014

February 12, 2014

What is the missional shift in churches? At its heart, it’s simple.

It’s the shift from