Missional Misunderstood

Ernest Goodman at Missions Misunderstood recently wrote:

There are too many ‘experts’ using the word ‘missional’ to refer to traditional missions or serving in the local elementary school. Without a radical shift in the basic understanding of what it means to be on mission, we’re just doing more of the same.

He’s right, but it is not just about orthopraxy. What is missed to often in the missional discussion is that it is not about what we do or how we do it, but about who we are. Missional is about a Jesus followers DNA. It is about a life where “the way of Jesus” informs and radically transforms our existence.

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3 Responses to “Missional Misunderstood”

  1. BlindBeggar BlindBeggar says:

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  2. Matt Stone says:

    The problem with any buzzword, particularly an ill defined one, is that once it becomes popular there is more risk to not using it than to using it. It becomes a Rorschach Blot onto which we can project whatever we want.

  3. Rick Meigs says:

    Hey Matt, you’re right about ill defined terms being like a Rorschach Blot onto which we can project whatever we want. Good imagery. But I’d contend that “missional” is not ill defined. A reasonable working understand of the paradigm has been understood for years now for those who care to read, listen and learn. As I’ve quoted before, Brad Sargent once said it well that “purveyors of missional emptiness need to be sent to theological time-out until they have repented of their dilution of the term’s terms, meanings, and methods!”