10 Things Missional Parents Can Do

Many parents ponder how they might be able to be missional in the context of their life situations.  Perhaps that’s you now.

This post by Doug Paul on “10 Thing Missional Moms Can Do” are simple but good things that I reckon are relevant for all parents and, in fact, some are relevant for those of us who are not parents as well.

Does one stand out as an invitation to you? How about you choose one to do this week.

1. Take your kids on walks in your neighborhood- Start saying Hi. It will eventually lead to conversation.

2. Go to same grocery store, coffee shop, restaurant on the same day at the same time every week- You will form relationship with workers. So become invitational with them.

3. Take kids to closest park, pool, lake, game place, public library, barnes & nobles, etc. to meet others with your kids.

4. Teach children to say hi to others and how to introduce themselves as you introduce yourself.

5. Once you start meeting all kinds of people in the neighborhood, begin scheduling playdates in your house, meet at the park, go on walks with another family, go to the pool, etc. Other stay at home mothers are dying for relationship and they love an invitation to do something.

6. Start inviting families over for dinner.

7. Find out when their birthdays are and do something special for them. Don’t expect anything in return.

8. We take chairs and sit in the front of the house and let the kids play, ride bikes with other neighbor kids while we talk with parents or anyone else.

9. Orphans- We are joining a class this fall to see how we could become foster parents in the future.

10. Homeless- Do an act of kindness and make them a homemade sandwich. Have your kids watch you give it to them.

 


A dark church fantasy

Do you have a dark church fantasy?

Beth Barnett recently wrote about the dark church fantasy she sometimes ponders.

What would happen if all church buildings were unable to be used for 3 years?

How would the church respond?  How might the church be the church without the buildings so many rely upon?  Perhaps the church would embody who we are called to be more fully in such times.

Read her post for further thoughts.


Catching up with “New Thing”

A couple of months ago Geoff Westlake was in America and caught up with “New Thing” – not a church, not a network of churches, but a network of networks of churches!

It started with 2 brothers starting a church (Christian Community Church) with reproduction as a seriously core value.

– So when they started a small group, it was with the other as an apprentice.

– When they wanted to start a second group that was fine but they both then needed to have an apprentice before that group could start.

– When the next person said, “can I start another group,” they said “Sure – but you need an apprentice before you can start.”

– When they started a church, there was an apprentice for every role.

– Then when the apprentices were ready to start their own, it was, “Sure – but you need each an apprentice before you can start.”

– When there were a few churches, a network co-ordinator was needed, but you guessed it, “Sure – you need an apprentice before you can start.”

 

They eventually needed a systems expert, and found one (and I guess he has an apprentice!).  That’s when “New Thing” began – networking networks of networks of churches. Now somewhere in the world a new group/plant begins on average every 11 days.

This adamant apprenticing is the secret to their reproduction. A simple but effective mechanism to enable work to multiply! And even prevent things from starting until they are really ready with reproductive potential.

 


Too young to impact?

Do you wonder about how children can be involved in mission?

Here is a great story of the difference a 9 year old made on his local community.

Such an example to us – and an example that children have so much potential in local neighbourhood transformation.


Making Disciples – a great series of posts

3DM is producing great resources that are really helpful for Missional Communities.

Recently Ben Sternke did a series of posts around Making Disciples.  I found these posts useful and interesting.

Part 1: Discipleship is Character and Competency

Part 2: Discipleship is Relational and Directive

Part 3: Discipleship – Who to Invite

Part 4: Discipleship is Structured and Spontaneous

Part 5: Discipleship is Invitation and Challenge

Part 6: Discipleship is Training to Reproduce


Being Missional

Scot McKnight offers a definition of what it is to be “missional”:

1. It’s about God’s mission in this world.
2. It’s about God’s mission in this world in Christ.
3. It’s about God’s mission in this world in Christ in view of the Age to Come/Kingdom of God.
4. God summons humans to participate in God’s mission by becoming oriented to God’s mission, to others, and to the world — in the context of the (local) church.


TEAR WA Virtual Conference

TEAR WA Virtual Conference: Enough! Being God’s People in a Captivated World

28 July 2012

Registration closes: 16 July 2012

This year’s TEAR National Conference (Sydney 6-8 July) was so good we really don’t want people in WA to miss out – plus we just like seeing you! So we are going to take the best bits of National Conference and run our own virtual conference.

See: TEARWAVirtualConference

The day will include:

–       Some worship

–       Watching 2 keynote presentations from National Conference on video

–       Small group discussions around the key-note presentations

–       A fieldworker update from Afghanistan (not via video!)

The main theme

We live in a culture that is held captive to a vision of growth: where privilege, entitlement, exploitation and endless accumulation are the norm. But we yearn for a Kingdom culture, where followers of Jesus have been freed to practice Christ’s vision of sufficiency: living in solidarity, humility, justice and equality.

TEAR Australia’s “ENOUGH” conference is an opportunity to be uplifted by this vision. To be transformed by a Kingdom culture, and empowered to live it out in today’s empire-ruled culture, through Christian community. Together, we will explore what it means to have had enough (of poverty, injustice and excuses), and what it means to have enough (sufficient for our needs).


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