Here’s an excellent article by Mike Breen about some of the shortcomings of the current missional movement. Personally, I agree with his conclusions. How about you?
Here’s another great story from SOMA Communities about what life can (and should) look like when believers live as a missionaries in their neighborhood. There are some recurring themes in all stories of this type: utter dependence on the Holy Spirit for guidance, times of listening and waiting on God to speak, high value on personal relationships, the cultivation of community through mealtimes, obedience to the Spirit, mission as team not as lone rangers. What else would you add to this list as essential ingredients for healthy, reproducing missional communities?
Has anybody used this study? If you have, please leave me a comment about the benefits/drawbacks.
Here’s a little back story from Miriam’s blog about why we feel God is leading us to adopt. Miriam, thanks for posting this!
Check out Miriam’s new blog. She’s posting about our adoption journey.
Excellent post by Ed Stetzer. Thought I’d pass it along. This paragraph in particular caught my attention.
The church finds its significance as a body who is sent on a kingdom mission. Missionary congregations are communities that reflect the reality of the gospel of the kingdom in their life together and their life for their world. And, they are a body empowered by the Spirit and Word of the gospel, who have been given the keys of the kingdom and a promise from the King. The posture of these missionary congregations is “sentness.”
For those of you connected with the EFCA, I’d love to meet you at the National Conference at a workshop I’m helping to lead.