Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

The missional church adopts an apostolic, rather than a hierarchical, mode of leadership. By apostolic we mean a mode of leadership that recognizes the fivefold model detailed by Paul in Ephesians 6. It abandons the triangular hierarchies of the traditional church and embraces a biblical, flat- leadership community that unleashes the gifts of evangelism, apostleship, and prophecy, as well as the currently popular pastoral and teaching gifts.
–Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost (The Shaping of Things to Come)

February 7, 2016

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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"We don't do people any favors by protecting them from the adventure of a missional journey." @michaelfrost6 & @alanhirsch #discipleship — Discipleship Lab (@DiscipleshipLab) October 31, 2014 ****** "Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved — Rachel Held Evans (@rachelheldevans) October 31, 2014 ******* “This Halloween, give …

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Karl Barth wrote this when the world was in great disorder, so he should know. pic.twitter.com/Dm1UPNuHsn — Michael Frost (@michaelfrost6) April 14, 2014 ******** If United States was ever seriously converted to Jesus as Lord, its consumerist economic edifice would collapse as one massive illusion.Yes? — David Fitch (@fitchest) April 25, 2014 ******** The Missional-Incarnational …

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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