Missional Spirituality

Discipleship is the key to missional because it is discipleship — the process of forming a human into Christlikeness — that determines the shape of what the Christian will look like. So, we need to look at what folks are aiming at when they “disciple” someone. What is the goal? Roger Helland and Len Hjalmarson, [Read More...]

Is “Incarnation” the Right Word for Ministry?

J. Todd Billings, a good young theologian in Michigan, has a new CT article that pushes against the propriety of using “incarnation” for what we do… What do you think? Do you think “incarnational ministry” is a good theological category? In recent decades, scores of books, manuals, and websites advocating “incarnational ministry” have encouraged Christians [Read More...]

Becoming Missional

I hear it all over the place, and I’ve had pastors ask me to define “missional” and I’ve had college students say “that’s SO missional…” and so it’s time to take a quick look at the term and then at a new book by Don Everts, Go and Do: Becoming a Missional Christian. I begin [Read More...]

Life’s Intersections (:mic)

Our friend Michael Thompson posted this and permitted me to post it here: In the city where I live there is an intersection which has two gas station/convenience stores, one on the southeast corner and one on the northwest corner.  They are both Speedway brand stores . . . no joke.  It is my hope [Read More...]

You are Witnesses

When early in the book of Acts Jesus tells his disciples that they are to be witnesses, the entire Gospel of Luke and the mission of Jesus come crashing down on that one word: witness. To witness to Jesus is the mission of the church. Remember this theme: If Jesus has a prophetic mission, and [Read More...]

Conversation and the Local Church

Highly recommend for anyone wanting to have a more missional church. As the crowds prepare to descend on Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, the city has been preparing to showcase its very best to the watching world. In addition to the football game and a downtown Super Bowl Village filled with all sorts of entertainment, [Read More...]

Missional in Louisiana

From Wineskins, an interview by Fred Peatross of John Dobbs (who ministers ["preaches"] in Monroe LA): Fred: Can you give me your perspective on what a missional church would look like. John: A missional church may not be recognized so much by it’s Sunday service as it’s Monday – Saturday services. The assembly is affected [Read More...]

Perry Noble Observation

From Christian Post: Is there more to say here? Like, If you are wondering if your church is missional maybe it is because it’s not? So we’ve got a good question: fill in the blank: “Your church is missional if it __________.” If you are the pastor/church leader who is running around declaring that your [Read More...]

Mission vs. Mandate

I picked this post up from a pastor who gave me permission to run it here. He distinguishes our mandates from our mission. Give it a good read and we can discuss it here. For some readers of this blog, the issues that I’m about to raise aren’t on your radar, and may hardly stir [Read More...]

Missional is Not a Tame Lion 3

Michael Frost, in his new book, Road to Missional, The: Journey to the Center of the Church (Shapevine), offers yet another — but highly suggestive if not provocative — observation about why “missional” is not the operative principle in our churches today: It’s my educated guess that a great deal of the excesses of the [Read More...]