Is Mission an Enigma?

Never has the church been more obsessed with the meaning of “mission” and, at the same time, so babbled about accomplishing that mission. There is much hand-wringing and flag-waving and panel-discussing about mission but Michael Stroope, professor of missions at Truett Theological Seminary, wonders if the term “mission” and all its variants have not seen [Read More…]

“Missional” May Not be What You Think

A well-known NT scholar recently asked me what “missional” meant and he said he had not seen the word until it was in the title to a book Joe Modica and I recently co-edited. Ah, so clear: “missional” is a buzz word for a specific group, mostly the “missional” people. But what does “missional” mean [Read More…]

The Cookie Cutter Church Challenge

There is this problem — and it’s endemic to America — of thinking that if a church idea works in one place it will work elsewhere because the magic potion has been discovered. Sometimes church ideas can be replanted in other locations, but churches don’t succumb to the cookie cutter approach. The best churches don’t use [Read More…]

Pastor-Theologian: A Different Angle (by David Fitch)

A few weeks back my colleague David Fitch had an important post on the pastor-theologian that caught fire. It has been a hot topic in the blogosphere alot lately. Here it is again. Give him your response and he’ll be sure to pipe in.  (@fitchest Reclaiming the Mission) The Pastor-Theologian in a Different Light Ministerial [Read More…]

Ed Stetzer on Missional in the Way of Jesus

Good post by Ed Stetzer: I cannot define the word “missional,” at least not in an authoritative or definitive way, for everyone. But I can tell you why I think it must include Jesus mission to see and save the lost (Luke 19:10). This does not mean that much of the concern about the way [Read More…]

Church Planting Stress

Ed Stetzer’s article about losing the soul in the church planting process is worth reading for all who (1) are church planting, (2) struggling to get a church self-sustaining, or (3) who are involved in a church plant. What is your wisdom here? Alan (not his real name) started a successful church in a large [Read More…]

Yoder and Missional Theology

John Howard Yoder, famed Anabaptist/Mennonite theologian and ethicist, on what is often today called “missional”: Instead of asking, ‘What is God doing in the world?’ the church should ask, ‘How can we distinguish, in the midst of all the things that are going on in the world, where and how God is at work?’ From Royal [Read More…]

Mission, not ours, God’s: A Sermon (by Mark Stevens)

Our friend, Mark Stevens, down under in Adelaide, a wonderful spot on God’s green earth, wrote up this sermon and passed it on to me… I like it. I hope you do too. [By the way, Yes, I’d be glad to take a gander at your sermons for publication here.] One cold winter’s eve a [Read More…]

Missional at Missio Alliance

Kris and I are in Alexandria VA at the first Missio Alliance Conference, a conference this year dedicated to the gospel. This is a gathering of Christian leaders dedicated to participating in the mission of God and at the same time concerned about articulating the gospel in its missional location. Here is an outline of [Read More…]

Lost in Conversation: Time for a Witness

How do Christians go about their world as a witness without falling into one of two approaches today that don’t get the job done? The first method is the bold, unapologetic, shove-it-in-your-face-with-love approach one sometimes observes in public places. The other approach is the conversational approach, the kind of conversation where we get lost in [Read More…]