Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

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

What that Church of Jesus Christ needs is people whose heart breaks for the neighborhoods that they serve and when the love of Jesus comes to the brokenness of world, the Kingdom of Heaven is unleashed, and we begin to see what God wants happening on Earth as it is in Heaven.

–John Tyson, Verge Disciplemaking Blueprint Course

August 21, 2016


From John Burke
From the Verge Disciplemaking Blueprint Course

“Well, I really only have one thing to say. If your unchurched friends are not finding faith and becoming the church, you’re not missional, period. Let me say it again. If your unchurched friends are not finding faith and becoming the church, the body of Christ, you’re not missional.”

August 19, 2016

Here’s a quote from Alan Hirsch: “Eighty percent of the people will act, not think, not be taught, but will act their way into a new way of thinking and behaving.” What does this mean when so much of our Christian discipleship is about “teaching” people certain facts and belief, rather than showing them? What …

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