Was invited to participate in a panel last night at a local good size suburban “bible” church that is exploring the missional concept. It was a very enjoyable time and I was excited to see the leadership of a church (and this influential church in particular) on the path of discovery and discernment.
The task of us on the panel was to explore and discuss two issues: 1) the difference between the attractional and missional approach to church and, 2) the complexity and difficulties of being missional in a suburban setting.
We got through issue one and into an issue two question of what particular obstacles do suburban churches experience as they attempt to move toward a missional ecclesiology. Unfortunately, we just didn’t have time to deal with the practical question of how might a church move increasingly towards this kind of missional/incarnational approach.
I would have really liked to get into this last practical question. So not to waste my notes and thoughts on the subject, here are the bullet points from my talking notes:
- Leaders have to take seriously the Ephesians 4:11-12 mandate to be equippers and spiritual body builders.
- Discipleship doesn’t equal information, but transformation.
- The apprenticeship model in discipleship should be explored.
- Openly and freely celebrate those who are living out the life you want to see replicated.
- Become a story teller. Story is a powerful tool at illustrating and making the theme clear.
I’d love to hear any additional points you would have made.