While considering your comments in the previous post, I ran across this post by John Santic that I believe has some bearing on this discussion.
“What is interesting to note is how popular the term “missional” has become. This popularity has spurned a question within me that I have sought to answer throughout the gathering. The question is: “To what degree has the term “missional” been co-opted by motives for numerical church growth”?
My assessment…is that the term is being co-opted by some; however, there is a strong movement away from seeing “missional” as a programmatic tweak to an existing model and more a systemic change and critique to church growth assumptions.
How do I know this? People are exhausted by the tweaking and pulling of levers to never experience the depths of discipleship needed for missional transformation.”
What do you think? Is the meaning of the word being diluted to the degree that it is no longer meaningful? Does it matter?
I’ll jump into the discussion as soon as I get a chance.