Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

… I know that title can seem a bit much. But it hits on a few big points that get covered on this blog frequently. INCARNATIONAL — entering into the world, becoming flesh, “moving into the neighborhood” CHURCH — We’re still talking about he church here, even if we’re getting beyond conversations about what happens …

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We have stressed the proclamation of the Gospel with our voices, telling others about the grace of Christ. But missional theology asks for more: What this perspective lacks is an incarnational understanding of discipleship. The power of the Lord’s ministry is that he not only proclaimed the kingdom, he enacted it. And this is what …

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A hat tip to Gibby Espinoza who pulled these quotes from Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch’s The Shaping of Things to Come: The definition comes from Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch’s book The Shaping of Things to Come. They define “missional church” as, “…a working definition of missional church is that it is a community …

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In a long list of Missional thoughts from Chris Wienand, I found the following:

The Missionary Mindset – Every believer should see themselves as being both incarnational [to serve their community] as well as missional [to save their community]

We might have a different understanding of what “to save their community” means. But we’d agree on much.

February 7, 2015

The Blind Beggar takes some of the shifts found in Ed Stetzer and David Putnam’s book, Breaking the Missional Code and adds some of his own. I think, in the end, this gets at some of the shifts in thinking and process that are required as we move away from this attractional church model that …

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This quote is from the folks at The V3 Movement, with a shout out to Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch:

While every MC [missional community] will have a different look and feel, they should all be shaped by what Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch have coined as the “missional-incarnational impulse.”

The missional impulse is the notion that we are to be a sent and sending presence in the world. This is the “going” of our collective vocation as the people of God. As a sent people, we are inherently movemental, which is to say, in Bible-speak “apostolic.” Part of living out the missional impulse is being willing to cross boundaries and engage people on their own turf as it were.

The incarnational impulse addresses the issue of “how” we go. Jesus says to the 12 apostles in the gospel of John “AS the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” The Father sent Jesus as one OF us, that is to say, incarnationally. He not only came to our turf, he also came to us on our terms. He humbled himself and submitted to our human form (Philippians 2:1-10).

March 13, 2014