Is “being missional” more than the latest church conference buzzword? Is this a passing fad or a necessary rediscover of an essential characteristic of the very definition of church? Dan Kimball offers some help in capturing what it means to become more missional:
– Being missional means that the church sees itself as beingmissionaries, rather than having a missions department, and that we see ourselves as missionaries right where we live.
– Being missional means that we see ourselves as representatives of Jesus “sent” into our communities, and that the church aligns everything it does with the missio dei(mission of God).
– Being missional means we see the church not as a place we go only on Sunday, but as something we are throughout the week.
– Being missional means that we understand we don’t “bring Jesus” to people but that we realize Jesus is active in culture and we join him in what he is already doing.
– Being missional means we are very much in the world and engaged in culture but are not conforming to the world.
– Being missional means we serve our communities, and that we build relationships with the people in them, rather than seeing them as evangelical targets.
– Being missional means being all the more dependent on Jesus and the Spirit through prayer, the Scriptures, and each other in community.
-From They Like Jesus But Not the Church by Dan Kimball
The conversation has been going on for a long time now. But if you’re just beginning to wrestle with the challenge the church is facing in our post-Christian, postmodern 21st century culture, the following video is a nice introduction. Enjoy!