Thursday, September 07, 2006

Towards a Missional Church - Step 1

I was asked by a pastor today “Where does a traditional church start if it wants to make the transition to a missional church?”

What a great question!

I’d like to provide some guidance for that. I think the transition start with one person. In a previous post I mention the quote, “The First step in a ‘dramatic’ ‘organizational change program’ is obvious—dramatic personal change!” The transition begins with one person!

If you want to move your church towards a missional mind set, you must first have one! You need to become passionate about the insight and vision God is revealing to you. But consider this; your new passion will create friction! But friction is good, it means your getting people to think and that’s step 2!

In order for you to be educated and understanding about missional I have some reading material for you. Start with:

1. Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Become a Missionary in Your Community by Ed Stetzer and David Putman – this book will give you a great foundation for what missional is.
2. The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church by Reggie McNeal – this book will give you the questions you will need to begin to ask.

After you tackle these 2 resources, you will have laid a foundation for your next step. That step involves conversation. You must begin to engage people around you about the true nature of the church, it’s purpose and how you perspective has changed and what God is revealing to you.

That dialogue is extremely important so that you can move to next step.

Questions? Comments? Let’s hear them!

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E-Mobilizer said...

Hi Jerry!
This is a helpful start! Have you had responses? -Eric ericspangler.typepad.com

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