Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Mission As Being

“Been there, done that, bought the book.” This is the sentiment that best sums up the attitude of the people in my faith community regarding many of the S.O.P.’s of the institutional church. From structure to leadership to worship to discipleship, we know what no longer resonates for us and have done some really courageous work around deconstruction. Now we are on a glorious adventure of refining and redefining the theology and practice of our faith in thoughtful, prayerful ways – ways that make sense to us and find connection with those to whom we minister.

Currently, we are engaged in rethinking mission. We have been struck by all that we have had to unlearn – mission as that which takes place “overseas” and is only done by “missionaries;” evangelism as “a logical line of reasoning;” and salvation as “closing the deal” or “praying the prayer.” It has taken great intentionality to release the negative associations many of us have. But at last we are at a place of remarkable ‘discovery’ that has less to do with what we do and more to do with who we are.

We now experience God using our relationships, our skills, our passions, and even our hobbies to bring God’s healing to a broken world. Released from unworkable definitions we have found freedom to name ourselves as missionaries. Liberated from outmoded practices we willingly “do the work of an evangelist.” Together we are reclaiming mission, redefining it in ways that feel fresh and true to ourselves, and are as natural as breathing, as instinctive as being.


  • This is excellent. My wife & I are directors of a ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM). While I love YWAM, as an org we are often very much the things you are moving away from. We believe that YWAM needs to move this way too.

    To that end, we have been attempting to be somewhat subversive, using the "missions" culture to influence people towards being missional. It has been an exciting and surprisingly successful taste thus far.

    At any rate, sounds great!

    Jamie Arpin-Ricci

    By Blogger Jamie Arpin-Ricci, at 3:21 PM  

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