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.

Easter & Partnering with the City

This year, rather than doing our own thing we have decided to partner with the City of Mountlake Terrace  and the business community with their annual Easter Egg Hunt. We donated candy and eggs. Now we are looking for a few folks who would be willing to serve along side the city this Saturday morning.

This is one of the many ways that we get to show our community that we love them and want to do life with them.

Here are the details:

  • When? Saturday April 3rd Events starts at 10:00 so volunteers will need to be there by 9:30.
  • Where? Evergreen Playfield You can get directions by following this link: http://bit.ly/b481rl

  • What is going to be there? If you want to read more about the event you can read this article: http://bit.ly/dCfyEA
  • How Can I get involved? Please email jdeuman@thecreeksidechurch.org if you have any questions or would like to be involved.

This is going to be a great event for you and your kids, and a great opportunity to serve the city.

Worth It

Today I am tired. Partly because I took my brother in law to the airport at 4:30 am.  But also because yesterday was a busy day at Creekside.  We had 5 baptisms, a baby dedication and a BBQ.  So we had a packed day.

Saturday I learned how to set-up the baptismal.  It’s not fun, but it’s worth it.  It’s worth it to sweat for the gospel.  Celebrating changed lives is worth it.  A lot of people serve at Creekside.  And Serving is not to make you feel good about yourself.  Serving on a ministry team is all about loving others and creating an environment where they might meet Jesus.

Worship teams, Coffee teams, ushers greeters, kids workers, media teams, let’s not ever lose sight of the fact that all that we do it’s worth it. You get up early you make arrangements for your kids and family, and you sacrifice your time and energy, and it’s all worth it, because lives are changing, and more and more lives are going to be transformed because of your willingness.  It’s worth it.

Thanks to to everyone who made yesterday happen.

Everyday Heroes

So tonight we are talking about everyday heroes – serving the least of these.  And the point is that Jesus commanded us to serve people and how do we do that.  This is huge for the church because people want to see us change the world.  They have seen how the church votes politically, how we protest the things that we are against and what they want to see is how we actually care about people.

Somewhere the church (universal) lost sight of this and it’s time that we bring it back.  so we are going to start with our students tonight and we are going to start purposefully providing opportunities to serve and places where they can love Jesus by loving others.  I honestly think that’s what the world is looking for.

this is just a bit ranty but I think it’s important.  I think this is the way that the church can change the world.  I read about how the early church during the plague in Rome actually stayed in the city and cared for the sick while everyone else fled.  That’s the kind of thing that the church needs to be known for.