Building a missional culture isn’t as easy as A-B-C

written by Rich

Here are some of the marks of a M.I.S.S.I.O.N.A.L culture – can you see them in your culture or how could they begin to shape how you and your people live?

 

M – Missional Mindset

People who understand that they are Continue reading

How to kill your community

For many years, Christians have been talking about “community”, “missional community” and more recently “oikos” (a Greek word which refers to a “household” including extended family.) I love all of this.

But sometimes I think we can get in a bit of a tangle about it all.  Continue reading

‘been anywhere nice recently?’

I am now sharing my time between a local role in Sheffield at the church and pioneering a ministry to train and equip leaders & churches.

I have been travelling this last week.

I have been in Helsinki teaching on a learning Community for churches & networks looking to create a discipleship culture, empower people to live a missional lifestyle and to move towards launching missional communities.

I’ve also have the privilege over the last 6 months to go away to Assen (Holland), Thessonaliki (Greece), Liverpool, Leeds and Copenhagen.

All are great cities and all have great churches.

All these trips have been special. It is a real privilege to come alongside friends, old and new, across the generations and encourage, edify, challenge and hopefully inspire!!!

It is a joy to be able to share God’s word with people – what He has saying & doing as well as what we’ve learnt from Him. It is amazing, inspiring & humbling to hear people’s hopes and dreams and to help shape what the future could look like.

Something special is happening across Europe – there is a change that is coming.

People are being stirred. Leaders are rising up.

God is on the move and people are responding…..

What it’s not………..

Have you ever heard someone say “the problem is that he/she/it isn’t…………”

We seem to be hearing it a lot these days. It is the ability to express ‘what it isn’t’. It is easier to express how or why things should be different. Where the lack is. Where expectations or standards are not met. What we are not happy with and how it’s not working for “me”.

It is something Anna & I recognise, and talk about how to not fall into that trap. We don’t always manage it but we are trying.

Sometimes expressing the “what isn’t” can be a positive thing – striving for change, dreaming of a better tomorrow, looking at how people, systems, structures or institutions can change for the better.

The problem is that it can also just be critique.

It is much easier when talking about others, about circumstances, about life, about institutions, about ourselves, to give a list of critique.

There is a way to identify if it is critique or a genuine heart for change. You can tell by asking the question “well what could it be? And how could you help bring about that change?”

If it’s just critique – people can’t tell you. They have a list of where it falls short but not a picture of what it could be.

We’ve seen this with church. People so ready to say what it isn’t but not sure what they want it to be.

We’ve seen it with people’s expectations of relationships, community, even us, so ready to say what is isn’t or where it’s lacking but not able to say what they want it to be and now living towards making it a reality.

So when we’re about to give some feedback, critique, advice – we need to stop and check our heart.

Is it said in love or judgement?

Am I  pulling someone or something down? What would it look like to build them up?

If you can see ‘what it isn’t’ – what could it look like if ‘it was’?

And now could you be the change you desire to see in the world (paraphrase of Gandhi)?

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