Earlier this week, I read this excerpt from Geoff Surrat in a post by Bob Hyatt entitled Attractional with a Side of Missional. I've been thinking about it ever since then:
"Every church I've been around is missional; they all see their members as missionaries in their communities."
Would you say that this is a lived-out reality for most of the church people that you know?
In my experience, I would rephrase that to say,
"Every church believes in evangelism and missions; they would like their members to be missionaries in their communities."
It seems to me that there is a disconnect between what we believe and what we do. Mental assent does not equal action.
Sure we all care about the lost. But when did the lost become a nebulous group? Statistics show that if we've been in the church bubble for any length of time, we no longer have relationships with them.
"The Spirit is moving in marvelous ways again. Movements are being sparked and the established church is just beginning to wake up to itself and its missional calling. But shedding Christendom is no easy task. The transition from Christendom modes to genuinely missional ones will not necessarily be an easy one for most churches and church leaders." -- Alan Hirsch
It seems to me that the realization that we are not already missional would be the first necessary step in waking up to our missional calling.