Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

Eliza Thomas tries to get us to think about meals, missionally. After all, that’s what Jesus did. She write: It’s difficult to conceive of mission without meals. Following the pattern of Jesus, shared meals can be an occasion for disciple making. Whether casual or formal, a quick snack from a street vendor or a multicourse …

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Missional in the City

From Brad Watson at the Verge

Our cities are the gathering place of culture, human capital, and change. Suburban flight is a reality as young educated creatives flock to cities for the opportunities and lifestyle it offers. All this comes on the heals of the American church surrendering property and influence in the urban core while finding its place as the religion of the suburbs. Evangelical Christianity doesn’t have a literal or cultural place in the city. We gave it up decades ago. Now, we’re trying to reengage in a context completely different from the orderly and homogeneous context of the suburbs the church has made its home.

Cities need both worship gatherings and missional communities to intersect the people and needs of the city. (My book, “Sent Together”, expands even further on missional communities in cities). We need for missional communities in the city because it is in the context of relationship that the gospel shines brightly, speaks clearly, and welcomes sojourners with questions and doubt

November 22, 2016

Steve Hovater’s post on Grace and Mission serves as a correction to one of the issues that has plagued much of the missional world. “Grace,” as a word, is absent from much missional writing. I would argue that grace is inherently present in the great missional movement of God, the Missio Dei. After all, it’s …

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This I hadn’t really thought of before. Most of the missional conversation involves “going out.” We’re getting the people out of the church into the community. We’re engaged in service projects. We’re trying to meet people where they are. It all seems so very basic. But what if, for some reason, you can’t really “get …

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