Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

I believe the future of the church is a rooted one; one that submerges itself in community, in neighborhoods, and in focused faithfulness. The recovery of a rooted church will collide with real leaders, trained in real “success” strategies that have formed real personal images of being significant. Everything about rootedness will collide with our …

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You want to invite someone into you the church? Invite them into your home first. http://t.co/mAq0NXoHHq — Fresh Expressions US (@FExpressionsUS) October 23, 2014 ****** "Our first form of witness is our life together." ~ Keas Keasler @keaskeasler #V3Intensive @V3_movement — Tim Catchim (@timcatchim) October 23, 2014 ******* When the church resists change, it is …

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Missiologists have increasingly been drawn to this phrase to express the conviction that mission is not the invention, responsibility, or program of human beings, but flows from the character and purposes of God. Historically, the term mission was first used by theologians to refer to the acts of God, rather than the activities of the churches.

God is the Missionary, who sent his Son and sends his Spirit into the world, and whose missionary purposes are cosmic in scope, concerned with the restoration of all things, the establishment of shalom, the renewal of creation, and the coming of the kingdom of God, as well as the redemption of fallen humanity and the building of the church. Mission has a trinitarian basis and is theocentric rather than anthropocentric. Mission is defined, directed, energized, and accomplished by God.

For church planting this has considerable significance. First, the inevitable interest in internal church structures which characterizes church planting initiatives, as plans are developed for the formation of a new congregation, must not subvert the primary focus on the mission to which this new church is being called. Missio Dei is toward the world rather than the church.

Second, the broad scope of missio Dei must not be reduced to evangelism or church planting. Church planting is legitimate only if set within a broader mission context. Church planting can too easily embody a limited vision of mission that concentrates on one or two aspects of this mission (usually evangelism and church growth) to the neglect of other vital aspects (including working for justice and peace within society, concern for the environment, and engagement with culture).

 

(From Stuart Murray via)

July 6, 2014

Reading the Bible doesn't equate living the Bible. Seek to embody—not simply be informed by—the sacred story. — A.J. Swoboda (@mrajswoboda) June 11, 2014 ****** To deny that God pours grace into us though the physical, like bread and cup and font, is a move toward Gnosticism. #sacraments #incarnation — Worship Crafting (@worshipcrafting) June 12, …

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