Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

(A working understanding of the word “Missional” from Brad Brisco)

…the word “missional,” when properly applied is helpful. The word is simply the adjective form of the noun “missionary.” It is used to describe the church as a people who think and act as missionaries, actively participating in God’s mission.

At the core of the missional conversation is the idea that a genuine missional impulse is a sending one. We should be sending the people in the church out among the people of the world, rather than attempting to attract the people of the world in among the people in the church. This is a necessary distinction because most people do not think of the church in sending, missionary terms. Instead many Christians today understand the church from two primary perspectives.

Some define the church as a place where certain things happen. They usually identify marks of the church that include the right preaching of the Word, the right administration of the ordinances and the proper exercise of church discipline. The church, therefore, is defined primarily as a place where a person goes to hear the Bible taught, to participate in the Lord’s Supper and baptism and, in some cases, experience church discipline.

Others view the church as “a vendor of religious goods and services.” From this perspective, members are viewed more as customers for whom the religious goods and services are produced. Churchgoers expect the church to provide a wide range of religious services such as great worship music, children’s programs, small groups, parenting seminars, etc.

April 12, 2016

Imagine the church — your church — as a people chosen, called and sent for God’s restorative purposes in your city (I Peter 2:9-10; John 20:21). Imagine your church existing for the sole purpose of participating in God’s mission. God’s church doesn’t have a mission in your city; instead God’s mission in your city has …

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I believe the solution must begin by recognizing the church’s relationship to the culture in terms of a missionary encounter. In other words, to see that in a post-Christendom context the church once again exists within an alien world. The mission field is no longer located somewhere else; instead it surrounds us on every side. …

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To be missional is not simply to evangelize; it is to do the hard work of an evangelist—getting to know those who need to hear the message, learning the language and the cultural setting. Missional churches are not necessarily churches that do lots of outreach events. Those programs and activities may emerge, and they should. …

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“The Incarnation not only qualifies God’s acts in the world, but must also qualify ours. If God’s central way of reaching his world was to incarnate himself in Jesus, then our way of reaching the world should likewise be incarnational.”

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January 4, 2015

This is from Brad Brisco’s book, The Missional Quest. Pay particular attention to the underlined sentence: Authentically missional churches consist of people who have individually determined and collectively agreed to own the responsibility for the welfare of their particular community. The realization of any hopes and dreams revolving around missional church weigh in the balance …

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