Sunday, March 9, 2008

More on Missional Church

I preached about Missional Church this morning (big surprise). The lections were perfect: Ezekiel in the valley of dry bones and the Raising of Lazarus. Basically, I said that if God can resurrect a pile of dry bones or some corpse that's been rotting for four days, then He can certainly give new life to the Church!

A couple of reflections about the meeting yesterday with Bishop Cray...

I gotta get me a copy of Mission-Shaped Church, the report from the Church of England about Mission and Evangelism. This document is a blockbuster in terms of opening up the CoE, and everyone keeps referencing it.

I need to check out the training resources developed through the Fresh Expressions project. What's there that's worth me spending a lot of time with?

Doing traditional church better (a model based on attraction) at best means competing for only about 6% of the population--but being a different kind of church has virtually infinite potential.

Key Principles:
  • Inculturation
  • Planting not cloning
  • "Dying to live" (cf. John 12:24)
  • Less detailed advanced planning; more discernment in context
  • Seeing what God is doing and jumping in

" not try to call them back to where they were, and do not try to call them to where you are, beautiful as that place may seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place that neither you nor they have been before." Vincent Donovan

Mission to Community to Worship, not Worship to Community to Mission

A sign of maturity in a Fresh Expression is that they know they need inherited church, and vice versa.

Every form of church is provisional and incomplete.

Fresh Expressions require a new ecclesiology, but they also need a new and robust eschatology to backup all that Kingdom-talk. We need a new language for the Christian hope that is more than just middle-class suburban bliss and do-good-isms or maintaining a repository of "culture."

If the decline of the church is our fault (for not adapting to changing need) than it can be addressed through a process of repentence (cf. Bob Jackson).



Geoff M. said...

I was very much looking forward to the Raising of Lazarus, until I was told that we would be inexplicably* replacing it with a passage from Matthew. So we had the Mustard Seed and the Leaven.

(*Actually, I suspect it may have been to allow our Lenten sermon series on Parables to continue uninterrupted).

brad brisco said...

thanks for the link to the mission shaped study!

Tay Moss said...

you're welcome!

Tay Moss said...

BTW, Brad, I grew up on 21st Street between Wichita and Andover. We used to go to St. Alban's, Episcopal, on the East side. Nice blog, you have there! -t

Tay Moss said...

BTW, note that I changed the link to be an actual PDF of the full report, not just a link to info about the printed version.... -t