Missional Journal Vol. 2 No. 9 – Following Jesus into the World

So what do you think?  Do you find the “missional” discussion confusing (or confused)?  Can you help us frame the discussion in ways that communicate more effectively?

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5 Responses to Missional Journal Vol. 2 No. 9 – Following Jesus into the World

  1. Tom Pirrone says:

    Great article Dave. Who was it that re-framed John 1:14 “the Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood”? I believe it was Peterson, but not sure. This is helpful for me in communicating what it means to be missional. Thanks for continuing to lead the charge.

  2. I think both the Leadership Journal article and your article help to clarify “missional” to it’s original linguistic meaning.

    The problem is that both yours and Leaderships are published to a VERY select group of people and those folks that REALLY need to know (the congregants that need to get out of the pews and into the world) are not privy to this conversation. They hear the word flying around and get little snippets of meaning, but they don’t really get it.

    There needs to be a concerted effort by ministers to not only clarify the linguistic meaning of the word through teaching, but clarify it in action. Get out of the pulpit, the classroom, or the blogosphere and actually get into the world and live missionally. There’s the real challenge, to put our “missional talk” into our “missional walk”.

  3. Ben says:

    I really enjoyed the article but there’s one thing that I maybe need more clarification on. I totally agree that the church should be out ward focused and evangelistic. But what if you are apart of a church plant that has many needs within. The people have a desire to be fed and want to reach out and evangelize but don’t know how. I know we should be outwardly focused but not in a way that overlooks the needs of the body. I feel there needs to be a balance between pastoring and feeding Gods sheep and outreach and evangelizing to the lost sheep. I feel like many churches lean more on one side then the other. Let me know what you think.

  4. Ken Edmonds says:

    Missional is to “seminary”. The concept is great, but the transmission is limited mainly to semnarians. I thought it was just me who didn’t grasp the concept of the word (which has been hanging in our church for a few years now), but from this blog its obvious that it is the wrong word for such a simple concept. After all these years of people not grasping it, its time to change the word. Though it does make for some good conversation.

  5. Dave Dunbar says:

    Robert:
    Thanks for the post. I agree!
    Ben:
    I also agree. Balance is key. The reality is that many people who need to grow cannot grow because they are overly focused on themselves (Narcissism). Pastors need to discern the balance of inward and outward.
    Ken:
    Any new word will experience similar difficulties, so I am not sure this is the wrong word. I think part of the problem is that what you call a “simple concept” has been lost for so long in our churches that we have trouble re-thinking what church is all about.

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