Missional Training # 14 – The Fishless Fisherman
Over the last few months, our core team has done a lot of training and talking about Missional Communities, Planting a Church, and reaching out to the lost. Yet there’s a real danger in this, that we might continue simply talking and mistake it as faithfulness. We need to not only talk about the faith and about mission, but live it as well.
Watch the following video and consider the questions below:
- Have you given into this same theory of the Christian life?
- How can we keep ourselves from falling into living as a theorist rather than a practitioner?
Mike Breen and Alex Absalom talk about the process of building a credible gospel witness and growing your MC in their Launching Missional Communities: a field guide. They speak of five stages of growing an MC, Sowing, Sowing, Sowing, Reaping, Keeping. Below is an illustration of each stage similar to what they present, along with their descriptions of each stage.
As we plant this church and begin our Missional Communities, we will all need to be involved in building relationships with the unchurched. Yet, we do the work together. Your job as an individual probably wont be to bring the person through each of those stages. Rather, each individual will probably be more gifted and inclined to be involved at certain stages. In each case, the job of each member will be to introduce these unchurched people to other members of the MC who can partner with you in loving on, witnessing, and sharing life with them.
Think again of the people who are in your life.
- Who is in your life that needs Christ?
- How are you strengthening your relationship with them? When was the last time you had dinner with them, hung out with them, invited them to a social gathering or event?
- Are you praying for them?
Posted on February 22, 2012, in church planting, missional communities, Missional Living, Missional Training, Sharing the Gospel, Uncategorized and tagged Alex Absalom, Christian Living, Engaging neighbors, Mike Breen, Missional Communities, outreach. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.