Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

Saw this over at Urbana.org and I think it’s a wonderful primer for missional living. It gets at the Missio Dei rooted in Scripture and relationship and, through missions, our partnering in the process of renewing all things. Thanks, Urbana and John Criswell. God’s main intention in human history is to reunite himself with a …

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Imagine by Flickr user Flying High.

Imagine this…

 

What if every Jesus-following man or woman in our cities made it a priority to intentionally make space for sustainable and loving relationships with just two or three others, and asked them to do the same? Within 50 years, what kind of impact could we make?  Our hope is that the Rule and Reign of God would be proclaimed and demonstrated in every life around us.

(Quote via Forge America / Photo credit/creative Commons)

July 23, 2014

Missional requires a different set of metrics. It’s not always going to get “more butts in the pews” or “more bucks in the plates.”  It may not mean more membership vows taken or a new wing put on the church. It may not mean it will be easily quantifiable to denominational leaders or church boards. …

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…biblical holiness means that we separate ourselves in our actions, not in our relationships.

Biblical holiness is rooted in the call to be people of light, hope, and grace. It is a pursuit of God that draws others closer to him. We are to remain relationally close to those around us with a vision and focus of serving them in the name of Jesus. God’s call to holiness shapes the way we act, think, live, work, and serve in this broken and hurting world. (via)

February 28, 2014

…our discipleship process tends to focus all of our energy on learning to love God without accounting for integration into our relationships? We tend to take a limited view that lacks opportunities for seeing life transformation happen as a continual process of development. “How can a person work out issues of forgiveness, repentance, anger, fear, holiness, generosity, etc. without other people involved in the process?,” [says Matt Smay] (via)

January 31, 2014

I like to say that Christians are PACK ANIMALS. In other words, there’s no such thing as an individual Christian. We find fullness in community. We find Christ in community as well. The following from Tim Keller’s book, Center Church, gets at the reasons why: In Tim Keller’s book, Center Church, He writes the following: …

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