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            At our "joint meeting" of the Elders and Deacons in August, we spent time talking about "the missional church."
            There are many different characteristics under the umbrella of "missional church."
            Among these are:

  • an understanding that the church is being called outside of the walls and to go out into the community;
  • a recognition that God is already at work in the lives and in the life of a community (and we have to discover what God is doing);
  • an approach that seeks, not to recreate, but to partner with those who are already doing ministry and to add our talents and support to that which they are already doing

                       
Yet, perhaps the most essential facet of "being missional" is that of being relational.
This suggests that the most effective way of "doing mission" is in the building of relationships with those around you so that you share with others not as a "stranger" or a "person with an agenda." Instead you share as a friend, someone they have come to know and trust and to whom they will listen.
In such a "relational approach" we are being given the opportunity to hear another's "story." To be invited into another's life to hear who they are, what has brought them to this place and their hopes and dreams for the future.
As we can see, this is a much different approach to "doing mission." For mission as that which is needed and which is happening right in the neighborhood and community around us and not just "over there." For mission is being "personal" and "relational" rather than just providing resources. For mission is that which helps another experience "transformation" by teaching, leading and learning new ways and skills rather than just a "hand out." For mission as that which may not change the world, but as that which can help transform the lives of people around us - who, in turn, will help transform the lives of their friends, family and neighbors and who, may help with us, to change a part of the world. Such mission does not just happen overnight - it takes time!

    • - For mission as that which is needed and which is happening right in the neighborhood and community around us and not just "over there."
    • - For mission is being "personal" and "relational" rather than just providing resources.
    • - For mission is that which helps another experience "transformation" by teaching, leading and learning new ways and skills rather than just a "hand out."
    • - For mission as that which may not change the world, but as that which can help transform the lives of people around us - who, in turn, will help transform the lives of their friends, family and neighbors and who, may help with us, to change a part of the world. Such mission does not just happen overnight - it takes time!

            Sometimes "missional" is reflected in the work of the church community, such as the recent Christmas Day Dinner or the opportunities that are being offered at Rusch Elementary School.
And sometimes "missional" is that which is offered by numerous individuals of this church community in help and supporting our neighbors, friends and family members. Many times these "missional activities" may go unnoticed because it is that which just comes naturally to one who has experienced God's love and grace and seeks to share it freely with those around them.
Someone has summarized it this way: "God so loved the world that God gave His Son ... and the Son, in turn sends us out to bring a message of good news to all people."
May God bless and inspire us as we seek to explore and live out what it means to be people "on a mission from God."


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