1. DON'T EXPECT EVERYONE TO "GET IT"
This is where leaders get hung up a lot: they read a book (like Total Church), go to a conference (like Verge), develop a man crush on a leader (like Jeff Vanderstelt), ... More...
It doesn't matter what level of leadership you are in, too often we use those around for ministry rather than invest in those around us for ministry. Are your people used for ministry or invested for ministry?
If the church is going to faithfully rebirth herself in the Western context and cultivate a fruitful missional ethos, she must awaken the five equippers to live as cultural architects who awaken the entire community to join God in the renewal of all things.
Stew from Verge Network talks with Reggie McNeal, the bestselling author of The Present Future and Missional Renaissance, about his newest book called Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church.
"God is not going to sit around and wait on church people to get it, to prosecute His mission." In this short clip from Exponential 2011: On the Verge, Reggie McNeal challenges everyone to begin the shift from church-centric thinking to Kingdom-centric thinking. Check out this clip from the conference and stay tuned for more clips and full sessions from this year's conference!
Christopher J. H. Wright (Ph.D., Cambridge), author of The Mission of God, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His doctorate is in Old Testament ethics. He taught Old Testament in India for five years (1983-1988) at Union Biblical Seminary, and then returned to the faculty of All Nations Christian College, a missionary training school in England, where he was principal from 1993-2001.
We spent time asking leading thinkers and practitioners to answer 7 of the most frequently asked questions about missional communities.
Question #7: What Churches are Living Out Missional Communities? Wha... More...
We spent several months asking some of the leading thinkers and practitioners to answer 7 of the most frequently asked questions about missional communities. Also, make sure to use and follow the Twitter ha... More...