“When we begin to see the church (individually and collectively) as the sent, missionary people of God, we no longer view the church as the jumping off point when thinking about mission. Rather, we look for God’s activity in our local setting as the place to begin our missional engagement.”
He offers these four Ds of missional engagement (click through each of these points to read more from Brisco):
- Discover — “If it is truly God’s mission and not ours, then we must discover where God is at work. … We are not always attuned to his activity. In many cases we have to be awakened to what God is doing around us. Therefore, the first step in discovering what God is doing comes through listening.”
- Discern — “Participating in God’s mission will involve the difficult task of discernment. Not only will we need to discern what God is already doing, but we will need to ask the follow up question, ‘In light of my (our) gifts and resources how does God want me to participate in what He is doing?’ The fact is we can’t do it all.”
- Do — “The process of discernment is useless if we do not obey what God is calling us to do. When God prompts us to participate in what He is doing in the lives of others, we must be obedient to respond.”
- Debrief — “Throughout the process of engaging God’s mission we must create opportunities to reflect on our missional involvement. Sometimes this may simply mean we need individual ‘down time’ to reflect upon our activities. We may need to ask God to affirm our involvement, or to ask for clarity of direction. But it will also mean we must carve out time to reflect with others among our faith community. We need to hear what others are seeing and sensing concerning God’s activities and to hear the stories of how others are engaging God’s mission. It is important for us to be in the position to offer feedback on what we are sensing.”
What do you think of Brisco’s four Ds of missional engagement? Would you add any other Ds to this list?