Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier


The book of Acts provides insight for us in strategy development. Certainly the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple in AD 70 at the hands of Roman soldiers seemed a potential threat to Judaism and the fledgling Jesus movement. Yet, led by the Holy Spirit, Paul and his team connected their strengths to this opportunity and developed strategies that changed the world.

Devised in their first missionary journey, Paul and Barnabas, and later Paul and other members of the team, traveled to significant cities where the Jewish diaspora lived. Their strategic pattern in each city was the same: proclaim the good news first in the synagogue. If and when the opposition became too great, they moved to homes or marketplace gatherings to continue proclaiming. Once a faith community was established, they appointed elders to shepherd the new churches, and as directed by the Holy Spirit or when persecution intensified, moved on to other cities to continue the same strategy (see Acts 13:13-52 and Acts 14:1-25).

Paul’s strengths, gifts, and experiences included a bicultural, multilingual, cosmopolitan upbringing with a Pharisaical education perfectly intersected with the contexts of exiled Jews in Greek/Roman cities. Paul’s teammates were similar but also contributed other gifts and experiences.

August 12, 2016

Any community that is taking the mission of God seriously and remains a community will regularly read and study the Bible together. If you are committed to following Jesus and living all of life under his authority, you will regularly learn from the Bible. In fact, a lack of urgency to go to the Scriptures is a primary diagnostics test for a missional community. If the community isn’t desperate to learn from it, be encouraged by it, or find meaning and truth in it, they probably aren’t living on mission or in community.


February 20, 2016

We have a good Bible study going on. Really, it’s good. And I like it. We have another study starting up. It may be more book study than Bible study, but people will like it. It will be good. But, I miss our BLESSING GROUPS that we had last Lenten season into the summer. It …

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