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Will “MISSIONAL” be around in 20 years?

This quote stood out to me this morning:

Many of us have grown up believing we must keep trying to “do church” better. It’s difficult for us to realize that our programs or performances, no matter how attractive, won’t interest a large part of our population. It’s easy for us to forget that the first church flourished and grew simply through intentional relationships, clear presentation of the facts about Jesus, and the witness of transformed lives. Today’s missional leaders are calling for all of us to employ that same strategy to reach unchurched people around us.

I don’t know how many conferences I’ve been to that try to teach everyone how to do church ‘better’.

But the truth is… programs very seldom make churches better… primarily because, as this quote says, the people in our churches aren’t NEARLY as passionate about our ideas as we are.

Go figure.

But I like where Mark Taylor (the writer of the quote) goes:  It’s easy for us to forget that the first church flourished and grew simply through intentional relationships, clear presentation of the facts about Jesus, and the witness of transformed lives.

True.

Today we’re calling that ‘missional’.  Who knows what we’ll call it 20 years from now.

My guess is that in 20 years there will still be pastors and leaders trying to reinvent the wheel, and that’s ok.  But we have to remember that there is something contagious about seeing transformation in others… it spurs transformation in our own lives.

That will never change.

Thoughts?

Todd

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2 Responses to “ “Will “MISSIONAL” be around in 20 years?”

  1. Trapper says:

    I’ve been saying that, years from now, we’ll be sitting around and someone will say, “Remember back when we used to say all that ‘missional’ stuff? (laughter) …yeah, that whole ‘neo-hippie’ phase we went through…can’t believe we…(somebody threatens to get out pictures)…no, no, no! (laughter)…like to have all that book and conference money back, I’ll tell ya what….storefronts, etc, never meant a thing….people win people, friends win friends…we should have been teaching our people the ‘as you are going’ idea all along and not just taking their money to indulge the aging-hippie and neo-hippie fantasies of the leaders of that so-called ‘movement’…..”

  2. janiskw says:

    I’ve said this for awhile… that the term “missional” is just another way to say what we’ve always been saying… Be a missionary in your world. Take the responsibility on for yourself. Wasn’t Ann Kiemel saying this with “Go Out and Change Your World” back in the 70′s? I think we’d call her “missional” today. There’s nothing new under the sun.

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