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Becoming Missional



A Place to Discover Practical Advice for People and Churches to Become Missional. Educing you to Missional change that in turn will change our world................... The thoughts of one person on their Missional journey.



Updated: 2017-10-15T14:55:44.047-04:00

 



Just Curious

2016-04-10T15:29:04.503-04:00

Anyone interested in my posting Missional thoughts again?





Missional - Words Matter

2011-05-11T08:34:52.301-04:00

I read this article the other day from HolySoup

And the point was simple

"your Christian speak has certain meanings"

Some of it means something to you - and something different to others

I have been floating around the missional movement long enough to have seen a change

Missional meant an active, in-community focus

Now it seems to mean - whatever a church does that isnt in its building

Missional is not a church program - its a lifestyle



Missional Goal

2011-05-03T18:33:26.077-04:00

What's the goal of living a missional life???

Here's my definition

Practically living out God's mission in the world today.

We are His Hands and Feet..............



The time has come: Becoming Missional - coming back

2011-05-02T21:50:09.863-04:00

The decision is made.......

Becoming Missional shall once again be live and well.

And I have begun my book.........

Watch for more details soon!



What Would Your Church Do - a Missional Question

2010-03-10T23:16:56.333-05:00

A grant of $1 Million dollars has been given to your church. Stipulations on the grant allow you to do only 2 things.

1. Spend the money on a new church building.



2. Hire 3 couples at a cost of $52,500.00 per year to come into your community and minister. With compounded interest you would have these ministry couples in place for at least 7 years.


Which choice would your church make? why?

What is the missional choice?



Which Church is a "church" - Missional Question?

2010-03-04T23:24:42.244-05:00

I had a discussion with a friend recently about a church "plant" they are involved with that doesnt meet a particular denominations idea of a church plant.

1. Their church plant is a melting pot each week of: broken families, drunks, high teenagers, single moms, disabled vets and homeless and hungry. Each week they have no idea who will show up to the Bible study, but each week they get a chance to minister to those in need.

2. Then theres another church plant: each Sunday they have 65 people, half dozen families, some singles and some seniors. These members are stable and have been believers for years. Each week they come, give their tithes and offerings, praise a little, pray a little, listen to the sermon and leave.

Guess which church gets the denominations financing and support........................





church number 2!

Why is that?

What has happened to the church when doing ministry isn't considered doing ministry?



Missional - What it means to me

2010-03-01T11:47:21.350-05:00

Having been blogging about missional things for years now - Ive had alot of time to consider what missional means.

Here's my definition:

To be Missional is to live out your belief,
in your community - where you live and with who you live,
using all your gifting - freely and enthusiastically,
confessing your imperfection and realizing all are imperfect,
being Christ's hands,
seeing the needs as God sees them and responding accordingly,
living moment by moment in communion with God,
sharing my blessings with others,
helping others to see Jesus and ABBA,
growing daily in grace and knowledge of them.
Being who I was created to be.


Now I know thats not what many would say is a "good" definition. But this is what its become to me.

Missional is my way of life. I dont take it off and put it on. It "is" me. It's not my church. Although a church can be missional. It's people walking out a lifestyle. Missional is a choice I make.



Being Missional is Personal

2009-12-20T13:34:59.012-05:00

In the time that has occurred since I last posted it seems there's been a lot of arguing going on.

Big church vs small church
IC vs missional/emerging
Jesus vs Paul
traditional theology vs missional theology

I'm really confused by all of this. It seems that when I started on the missional path, the folks I met were content to travel their own personal missional road. Now some of them have a voice and they want to argue and fight about who's right.

To me the idea of a missional journey is personal and it sucks in those closest to me. I care only about what those I'm responsible for think and what God thinks. I'm not looking to be right - just faithful.

Conversation is great. Exchanging ideas is wonderful. But using the very breath Im given to argue about about who is "right" and who is "wrong" is heart breaking to me.

My walk is my walk. I'm thankful to everyone who finds it valuable to read my thoughts and I look forward to many conversations concerning God's Missional plan for you, me and His bride.





Ok time for the Becoming Missional relaunch

2009-12-19T19:51:53.809-05:00

The site has been updated.

It's time to get back to the business of sparking discussion!

check back - sign up and let's see where the Spirit leads.



Becoming Missional Updates

2009-12-19T15:50:32.442-05:00

Updating the site has begun!

Soon the missional conversation will begin again!






So to Return

2009-12-07T11:33:26.440-05:00

I will be back posting soon.

Man I have missed this place!



Missional - wow

2007-08-15T23:25:07.119-04:00

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Missional Hair

2007-07-10T15:02:44.070-04:00

When is hair not hair but missional hair?

When your daughter donates her hair to Locks of Love

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Im glad my children understand how to love others. It makes me proud to know they see the need to show Christ's love. Even in little ways.



Been Awhile

2007-07-10T14:48:50.488-04:00

Been awhile Since Ive posted.

Needless to say - dealing with a serious issue from my past.

Hopefully in a time Ill be able to share the story of how what happened then brought me to my missional position.

For now please continue to pray for me and my family.

Thanks



Missional - A chance to do something

2007-05-31T12:16:03.987-04:00

Ran across this organization and thought I'd pass it along.

Worth checking out.

Our Beautiful Day



Missional - Its harder to compete with so much choice

2007-05-28T20:16:22.667-04:00

Check out this article:

GM dealers offer Toyota test drives

Now you can compare similar cars all at one place. Choice run rampant.

Whats it mean to the church?

Well first off it means we can't compete! We must stand on our distictives. Those things that set us apart from everyone else.

We can't be "similar" we must be distictive! If we are similar to something we will get shopped like every other product.

The church must stop acting like a product as well. The church is the sum of its people and its mission. Not its building and its programs.

What does your church stand out with?



Missional - Missional Blog Recommendation

2007-05-28T15:54:44.241-04:00

I have recently found this blog.

Check it out some great information here.

Volunteers In Service Blog


Great stuff



Missional - Missional Ministry and the Technology challenge

2007-05-26T10:21:08.347-04:00

Found this article the other day:

Report: 48% of Leisure Time is Spent Online

MarketingVOX: A report from Media-Screen finds that broadband users spend an average of 48 percent of their free time online in a typical weekday, reports the Center for Media Research. The percentage measures out to about one hour and 40 minutes.

On average, online broadband users devote 27 percent of their time online to leisure/entertainment, 27 percent for communication, 9 percent on information searches, 15 percent on personal productivity, and 12 percent on shopping.

Among younger users, 48 percent report they learn about new entertainment mainly through peer-powered sites like social networks, review and video sites, and blogs.

Two media activities - sending email and visiting sites for personal reasons - are more popular than watching TV.


You can find the original article here.

I think this has real significance for those individuals and churches seeking to be missional.

More young people surf the web than watch TV!

So part of the problem resides in the fact that we want to bring pre-believers into an atmosphere where in most churches we are technology challenged. The first thing these folks think is that suddenly they are beng asked to be part of a group who doesnt understand them.

What do we need to do? What can be done?

We need to not be affraid of Blogs, MySpace, Social Networking, emailing prayer reports and Bible study resources. Create ebooks and other resources.

It doesnt take much to record services as MP3's or video files anymore and put them online. Free services like YouTube and others host all this content free.

People are looking for an ongoing conversation. One that doesnt end when the service ends. But one that is a continuation. How can we do creative things to extend that conversation?

But the first step in tradtional churches who long to move missionally must be able to integrate technology in a seamless way that allows for new people to see thought, planning and consideration going into how technology is being used. And not just in the presentation during the service but in the use during the week and thepromotion of that ongoing conversation.

How can we use the powerful tool of modern communication to increase the scope, reach and quality of our conversations with those who are in our congregations?

Any Ideas?



Missional - The Missional Office Pool

2007-05-23T17:51:47.301-04:00

So a guy in my office was having a baby (yeah I know his wife was having it). So there was a pool. How much would the baby weigh.

Well everyone was taking weights and putting their $5 in and no one asked me to join. I got righteously offended and asked him why he didnt ask me. He said "I didnt think a preacher would play!" I said well how about this Ill take the last 2 weights and if I "win" you can have the money for the baby.

Well guess what.

I won.

Now ewveryone in the office today was talking about how I gave the office pool money to the the father of the new baby.

You know what? It didnt cost me much, but it did give me ample opportunity to tell people today, that the reason I did it was to bless someone else the way God has blessed me.

More than 1 person said, "I wish all people who say they are Christians did such things."

The opportunities are out there folks. Its up to you to capitalize on them.



Missional - Starts Small

2007-05-22T21:05:22.589-04:00

As you may know, we've accepted a position as Senior Pastor at a church in a rural county here in North Central Pa. We are excited and thrilled to begin this new journey.

It will be an opportunity for us to help a church become missional as well as live it out ourselves.

It began for me last week by meeting the local Convenience Store owner and the Postal Clerk. What fun!

Now Im working on how to begin to develop these relationships.

I have also discovered the local lake is a great place to meet others and talk. I have already been there to pray and consider God's beauty and God has brought a couple conversations about with folks because of that.

Im excited to see how God uses these things and develops these relationships.

Stay Tuned.



Missional - A Leadership Lesson

2007-05-21T17:31:23.198-04:00

“Ph.D. in leadership. Short course: Make a short list of all things done to you that you abhorred. Don’t do them to others. Ever. Make another list of things done to you that you loved. Do them to others. Always.” — Dee Hock



Missional Another example In My Neighborhood

2007-05-17T14:12:23.843-04:00

Here's another great example:


Missional In My Neighborhood

A determined caller asked, "What can I do to be missional in my neighborhood?"

I love questions that seek to create opportunities to share the simple 'love' of Jesus. So I offered a quick list of suburbia ideas for the caller to consider for her 'neck of the Northern California suburbia woods'

I've always felt awkward when I'm resting at a stop light, trying not to look at the homeless panhandler (Icon of God) out my driver's side window. I know, I know..."they do this as a scam to make easy money off of guilt ridden passers-by." I don't care. I want to meet a need, and I want to do it cheerfully and loving.

Whenever I go to McDonald's or any fast food location of your appetite's choice, I buy multiple $5 gift cards.

Last week I purchased $25 worth and placed the cards above my car's visor. Now, whenever I see someone asking for 'some help', I quickly pull one of the cards out from the visor and tell them to go get a warm lunch on me.

If the light is longer than normal, it creates a conversation.

I now pray for "Jimmy" on a daily basis, and I look for him each Wednesday afternoon during my drive into the radio station. We've struck up a dialog each time I've handed him the card. He's confounded at the 'love in forethought' that goes into buying the cards. Last week a small break through...he told me to keep praying for him as I drove away.


Read the rest Here.



Missional - Missional Meet Up

2007-05-14T20:50:09.555-04:00

To my Christian and Missionary Alliance friends out there, if your going to Council and want to try to meet up, drop me an email.

Im pretty sure I'll be there, just not certain when yet!

But I'd love to get together.
So drop me an email!



Missional - A New Challenge

2007-05-13T21:17:11.030-04:00

Well My Wife and I begin a new challenge.

We have accepted the call to become the Pastor at the Holliday Alliance Church.

Please pray for us as we begin this new challenge!

Im sure you will hear much more about it over time.

We will be putting into practice all the things we have been discussing here.

A rural church moving in a missional direction. What an exciting time. Please pray for us and the church.



Missional - Church Cancelled

2007-05-10T21:05:21.682-04:00

Church Cancelled, Service BeginsAcross the country, churches are closing their doors on Sunday mornings to serve their communities through the new four-week churchwide campaign called Faith in Action. Will you join them?by Heather Johnsonfrom Outreach magazine, May/June 2007Curtis Lake thought the flood of 1996—when eight inches of water filled his suburban home—was disastrous. But what the first week of November 2006 brought him and the other residents of Sumner, Wash., turned out to be much worse. Nearly 10 inches of rain fell on the town of 10,000 just south of Seattle. Seven rivers flooded. Streets filled with mud and silt. And this time, Lake's belongings sat under 18 inches of water. Also destroyed were 33 of the 41 mobile homes of River Park Estates, the senior living park he manages."We lost everything," Lake says. "And most of the residents just left." But, to his surprise and relief, help arrived. Nearby Calvary Community Church (cccsumner.org) had cancelled that weekend's services to head out and serve the community as part of a new four-week churchwide campaign called Faith in Action. Little did the congregation know their service weekend would be so well-timed; Sumner had never needed so much help. Early on that Saturday morning, a forlorn Lake stood surveying the damage at the River Park Estates' front gate, when more than 250 volunteers "just started showing up," he recalls. Volunteers set out to save salvageable items by removing mud and sifting through personal belongings. Clean-up crews from the church eventually emptied 49 trash dumpsters of debris collected at the mobile home park. "You know, Calvary was just an absolute God-send," says Lake, who now chats with the church's associate pastor on a regular basis. "I saw those people there to help, and it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders." Demonstrating Christian service is the heart of the Faith in Action campaign created by leading Christian publisher Zondervan (zondervan.com), Christian relief organization World Vision (worldvision.org) and church communications firm Outreach Inc. (outreach.com) [parent company of Outreach magazine]. The three organizations have put together a name and program to a movement that has been gaining momentum for more than a decade, starting with pioneers like Vineyard Cincinnati founder Steve Sjogren's servant evangelism ministry (servantevangelism.com) and Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Ark. (fbclr.org), with Pastor Robert Lewis. Eighteen years ago, Lewis led a focused, churchwide reorganization to make serving the community a core value of the church. Faith in Action focuses a congregation's attention on local, national and global needs, as well as God's heart for service. For a full month, sermons and worship services, small group discussions and daily devotional readings, all lay the foundation for the campaign's culminating event—"Faith in Action Sunday" community service project(s) and the corresponding cancellation of regular worship services. Moreover, the campaign also has an intentional outreach focus, where unchurched friends and community members are invited to join in the volunteer efforts, serving alongside church members.Read the rest of the article:Church Cancelled, Service Begins[...]