Missional Spirituality (Review)

Missional is a buzzword in the North American Church.  It’s a buzzword with a lot of ambiguity.  What does it mean to be missional?  What is a missional church?  What is a missional follower of Jesus?  These are all questions that church leaders are asking.  And there are many resources that are trying to provide some clarity to these questions.

Missional Spirituality (Paperback, Kindle) by Roger Helland and Leonard Hjalmarson is one of these many books.  Unlike many of the other texts that I’ve been reading on the subject.  Missional Spirituality builds its foundation on Jesus response to the question, “What is the greatest commandment?”  Jesus’ reply to this question is, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  The second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself.”

From this response Helland and Hjalmarson begin to investigate what it means to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  They focus on practices that help believers grow in their love for the Lord in all four of these arenas.  This is important as it helps people build faith and knowledge about God and move them into living the mission of God.  The authors then go into examining what it means to love your neighbor as yourself.

Missional Spirituality is by no means a ground breaking revolutionary text on what the church should be doing to be more “missional”.  However, it is a helpful text for church leaders and non-church leaders to begin to figure out what it means to live in God’s mission of grace and saving the world.

Calibrate NW session 6 – Rich Stearns

CEO of World Vision
Author of The Whole In Our Gospel

We’ve drifted away from being fishers of men to being keepers of the aquarium – Paul Harvey

It may nite be our fault that 24,000 children die every day, but it is our moral responsibility to do something about it.

We are God’s plan to change the world.
But we have to be willing, available, and willing to pay the price to be used by God.  

Luke 4 Jesus in the synagogue laid out his mission connected proclamation and justice!  Have we been that good news for the poor?

Revolutions challenge the powers from within

We can’t just proclaim the good news we have to be the good news

The gospel is not a private transaction between God and me.

We are not saved by works, but we are saved for works

Revolutions start with small people who use their outrage to motivate change.   

Calling all bloggers

I was struck today in class by a statement that I put on my twitted and then was challenged by Josh H to blog it.

I’d love to hear how other bloggers would respond to this statement so please write a post in response to this question:

“Do we want church services or gatherings that train us for service?”

Discuss. I will create my own post later this week. If you write a post leave a comment below with a link back to your blog.

(update: Some explanation in the comments)

Great Thoughts from Jay

One of my favorite people in the world is blogging.   Jay Smith and I grew up in the same church, he serves as the youth pastor at said church, and I interned with him way back in the day.  Jay has always been a great friend, and somehow his wife Sandy and my wife Kathy, became super friends withing .oo745 seconds of meeting each other.  Their good people.  :o)

He’s had a blog for a while, but lately he has really amped it up and he is throwing out some great thoughts, particularly today’s post.  Where Is God Not?

This is a great post on the fact that we need to be missional, which is really all about taking the gospel to the world, in whatever shape it takes in your context.  Great stuff Jay!

Check out the mind of Jay and tell him I said Hola!

Let me tell you about Tuesday

I know it’s already two days ago but some times I just need a little time to process and think and stuff.

Tuesday I was really expecting to do a lot of work-work during the day, it didn’t work out that way for me but I did get a lot of great wisdom thrown at me.  It was great.

I started out going to staff meeting and remembering that we were going to have a guest with us, I totally forgot about that, but it was all good.  Dan Serdahl from Newlife Kitsap came over and shared a little bit of his journey and the Newlife’s Journey.

The first thing that I need to say about Dan is that he is someone who is 100% present when he is talking to you.  He really cared about who was talking, and he remembered details about each person.

I’m just going to bullet point my notes from what he said, they’re a little disjointed but I there is some definite gold in there.

  • We tend to hide behind other people’s leadership instead of following Jesus and where he is leading us
  • The tension points are where the a-ha moments in the gospel happen
  • Blessed are you when you are at the end of your rope because that’s when Jesus shows up and says surprise
  • Newlife stumbled into being a safe place. Now they are in the tension place between grace and truth
  • Lower the bar of acceptance
  • When someone says yes to Jesus the bar becomes higher because we expect people to give their lives away
  • Jesus lives in the culture and we are called to the culture (not sub-culture – not the same as being culturally relevant that’s different somehow)
  • Missional theology is living in the culture
  • Pray for relationships first

So those are a few notes.  It was a great time, super encouraging.

Then I met with my youth ministry prof from Northwest University and he challenged me to think a little differently about ministry, and how we are doing things.  All in all tuesday was a very great day.

Trick-or-Treating is Missional

I love this post from Jonathan Herron about their church’s halloween plans. He clearly talks about their desire to engage their community like Jesus.  Here’s a chunk:

Catalyst does not have an official position on Halloween.  Some who call Catalyst home choose not to celebrate Halloween because of its pagan origins and dark slant.  Others who call Catalyst home see American culture celebrating an annual children’s holiday that is largely secular and devoid of religious meaning.

We do agree on this:  What other time during the year do you have neighbors coming to your door and providing you rare opportunities for building missional relationships?  Because of this, we unapologetically are embracing the festive opportunity for missional, Kingdom-enlarging purposes.

Our friends at Mainstreet Kent recently approached us about partnering with them to attract families to downtown Kent with engaging, relevant environments on the Friday night prior to Halloween.

Catalyst loves the city.
Catalyst loves serving people.
And Catalyst exists to make Jesus famous – so of course we said yes!

I’m pumped about this opportunity because it enables us to engage the Lost, Let-down, and Looking.  That’s who we exist to reach.

You can read the rest here.