The church that we are working with Jesus to plant is pretty void of programs. We want it to be as incarnational as possible where we are in the lives of others. We want to demonstrate the person of Christ through our presence and participation for the good in the lives of those around us. The incarnation is when Jesus took on human flesh, became one of us, and moved into the neighborhood. We too want to enter the stories of those around us and change them for the good by pointing to the one who changed and redeemed our story.
Listen to this five-minute Verge Network video from Michael Frost entitled, “How to Listen to your neighborhood”:
As we start planting Missional Communities, listening is a very important activity in determining how to reach and bless those we seek to disciple. As you think of your prospects, Have you listened to them?
- What is their story?
- What do they take joy in?
- What do they struggle with?
- Where do they need help?
- What will it take for them to succeed, be happy, keep their family together, feel worthwhile, etc?
- What do they think they need to have in life and what, if lost, do they feel would free them?
How do you feel you can incarnate their world? In what ways can we as an MC enter into their story and bless them and show them Jesus? In what ways can we, as an entire church, do the same?