Mike Breen once warned that it’s time we start being brutally honest about the missional movement that has emerged in the last 10-15 years: Chances are better than not it’s going to fail.
He went on to say that a missional church or a missional community or a missional small group is the new car that everyone is talking about right now, but no matter how beautiful or shiny the vehicle, without an engine, it won’t go anywhere. What is that overlooked engine? Discipleship.
But that’s not the only potential killer of a missional movement. There are 5 more that might be just as crucial.
This last weekend at our Verge:Chicago Regional, Todd Engstrom spoke about the 3 ways to kill a missional culture: assume the Gospel, cast vision without practices, and fail to love consumers (while hating consumerism).
There are 2 more that I would add: lack of ongoing missional training, and not connecting with a tribe for encouragement and accountability. If I’m counting correctly, that’s 6 “missional killers.”
So, any one of these “killers” can derail your mission:
- Lack of discipleship and disciple making
- Assuming the Gospel / lack of Gospel-centered training and resources
- Casting vision without practices
- Failing to love consumers with grace
- Lack of ongoing missional training
- Not connecting with a “tribe” for encouragement and accountability
And all 6 of these “missional killers” are exactly why we created the Verge 2014 Conference: [checklist]
- To give you in-depth and cutting edge discipleship resources and training
- To give you practical, gospel-centered, missional training and resources
- To not just give you a vision for a missional movement, but also provide simple, transferable practices
- To give you the help you need to create gospel-centered communities of grace
- To provide ongoing missional training and equipping for everyday life and leadership
- To pull together a tribe of what Alan Hirsch calls “The Fellowship of the Freaks” – i.e. like-minded, gospel-centered, missional practitioners who desperately need encouragement and accountability [/checklist]
There are so many benefits to being a part of Verge 2014 Conference, and many of them are listed on the Conference website.
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[author image="http://www.vergenetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Stew-3-bw.png" ]Michael Stewart (everyone calls him “Stew”) is the Founding Director of the Verge Network and Conference, and Pastor of Strategic Initiatives at the Austin Stone Community Church. Follow on Twitter[/author]
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