From Brad Sargent’s What Is Missional? synchroblog entry:
The real question that some North American churches, ministries, and agencies are fighting over is WHO is “missional”? As if we are all Dogs Who Love the Lord and are trying to mark our territory.
There is something about the word missional that everyone wants to claim, as if to not be missional would be a disgrace. “Well of course I’m missional!”
The reality is that most believers have not been trained in missional thinking or living. Making that kind of change requires a process of inner transformation that will go much deeper than adopting the latest buzz word.
I have been trying to allow the Holy Spirit to teach me to live present to the people in my daily life and in the sphere of people I encounter. It continually requires changing the way that I view people and ministry. It is difficult moving very far beyond the circle that centers around our immediate needs.
I recently ran across something that I wrote about The Wall in the stages of faith…
This is the missional threshold – the point in our journey that determines whether we will remain consumers of religious goods and services or allow ourselves to be transformed into missional agents of God’s love and redemption to the world.
Sometimes, I still just want a program to sign up for, a service to attend
(like maybe an episcopalian service). It really isn’t about trying harder, but whether we will yield to that degree of inner transformation.