Neighborhood Rather than Church
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
Titus Underground had a good list of questions to spur your missional imagination. These are question that, if taken seriously, can open us up to new ways that God could use us in our environments. They force us to think missionally and to look at our context with fresh eyes. Here are a few of …
“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 …
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 …