Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

Neighborhood Rather than Church

Karina Kreminski

Once we make the shift from asking “What is God doing in my church?” to “What is God doing in my neighborhood?” radical change occurs in thinking about our purpose as God’s community on earth. This does not mean that we ignore the church, or that we stop investing in the church. Instead, we see the church as one very important part of the neighborhood ecosystem. We renounce the dualism that says sacred spaces exist in the church but not in our community, workplace and public places.  Rather than focusing on creeds, information and conferences as helpful as those things are, we refuse to endorse a disembodied faith that fails to put into practice what we believe. More and more I see churches that are taking seriously a theology of the neighborhood.

December 8, 2016

MISSIONAL MINDSET IS NOT A TRIP (Alsbury Baptist Church)

I have been asked by many, “why didn’t you take a mission trip this summer?” Let me answer that important question.

I want to be careful to not limit our understanding of missions to an event or a trip. Being involved in missions is having a mindset to be intentional to meet the needs of others in order to share the love of God. Having a missional mindset should be a character quality that we all work on developing to be a part of who we are on a daily basis, and it does not require a trip.
I think mission trips are great things, as I am about to head out with our college students on a mission trip to serve the needy children in Amarillo. But, this week was a good reminder for us all that missions is more than a trip to take, it is a mindset to develop which we can do right here in our own area.

July 23, 2016

FINDING “A CRACK OR CREVICE” FOR MISSION

Every single missional community could say, “We exist to love God, love people and serve the world.” The point of a missional community is to find a crack or crevice of society where there is a lack of Gospel presence and form a Jesus community in that particular crack/crevice. It’s not generic, it’s specific. But if you never truly identify the place God has called you to (either a neighborhood or network), or if you don’t do the things necessary to incarnate the Gospel in those places, it’ll be very difficult to sustain, grow or multiply the MC.

(Via Outreach Magazine)

July 16, 2016

WE ARE A COMMUNITY (Daniel Im)

Jesus never intended any of us to journey through life alone. Faith is not a private thing, it’s a community thing. We each have our own relationship with God, but it is in the context of community that we live it out and grow.

We are a community that lives out and represents the Gospel. We are a community where you belong before you believe. We are a community that is not about whether you are in or out, but more about the direction that you are journeying in. In a sense, we are an extended family, with all of our own junk, but a family that accepts one another knowing and understanding that the relationships we are developing right now don’t just end when you move away, but actually extend into eternity.

In a sense, we are a fragmented group of individuals journeying toward wholeness in Christ Jesus because we realize that he is the one who heals us, restores us, and gives us meaning to life. He shows us the way to life.

July 13, 2016

“Exegeting the neighborhood” This is a term that has come up time and time again, here and from other missional writers. The long and short of it is that “place” is important. It’s important to understand where it is that you are sent (which is often where you already are!). We need to have a …

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This is actually very similar to an idea I had for a church down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi about 10 years ago. That particular church was located in a poorer neighborhood and the price of some of the run-down homes was dirt cheap. I wondered, with the pastor, what it would look like to purchase a …

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