Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

Alan Hirsh on the Attractional-Entertainment Model of Church Life

Someone said that “what you win them with you win them to,” which means, if you win people by entertaining them into the kingdom, you have to keep on entertaining them. Otherwise they think, “Well, I’ll go somewhere to be entertained.” And so we have a huge amount of switching going on between churches, Christians jumping from one to another, simply because that’s what they were won with, so they expect that’s kind of what you are going to keep going with. And it’s kind of a big whip for our backs.

(From The Verge)

June 20, 2016

On Thursday I’ll be attending an online learning event to hear from Brian Zahnd. Brian is pastor at Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, MO. I’ve been reading about him (no so much reading “him” for a while. His name has come up. And, when the learning event was offered through Ecclesia, I signed …

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From Forge: Dallas:

There are two competing postures for the people of God today: a church of consumers, demanding goods and services, and a church of missionaries, sent and sending into the world. These compete for the minds of Christians. Every church functions according to one or the other. Every disciple stands on these two foundations for life, two theological bases for making decisions, two postures that shape all we do: selling or sending.

July 22, 2014

Americans are consumers. And many Christians in America approach their relationship with Christ and His Church as consumers.They approach God for what He can do for them, rather than out of worship for who He is and with a heart to serve Him and engage in His mission.

Skye Jethani further explains the problem within a consumer culture:

In a commodity culture we have been conditioned to believe nothing carries intrinsic value. Instead, value is found only in a thing’s usefulness to us, and tragically this belief has been applied to people as well. …The reduction of even sacred things into commodities also explains why we exhibit so little reverence for God. In a consumer worldview he has no intrinsic value apart from his usefulness to us. He is a tool we employ, a force we control, and a resource we plunder. We ascribe value to him (the literal meaning of the word “worship”) based not on who he is, but on what he can do for us. (The Divine Commodity)

(Via Missional Challenge)

January 29, 2014