October 11, 2012
Why one person says it's bound to fail
Mike Breen, a pioneer in the missional movement, has an intriguing new blog post out: “Why the Missional Movement Will Fail.” The article certainly caught my attention.
Instead of denouncing his life focus over the last few decades, Breen says that focusing on mission is like ogling a beautiful car with no engine. The engine of missional living, says Breen, is discipleship, and if we don’t focus on building up disciples, our missional efforts will most certainly fail. His point: missional living can’t be done in a “vacuum outside of knowing God and being shaped by that relationship.”
As small-group leaders we have an urgent responsibility. We must help our small-group members see that missional living is essential—but only as an outflow of a vibrant relationship with Christ. Missional living isn’t just something that we do because we’re supposed to do it. Instead, we’re compelled to live missionally because we are who we are in Christ. What God is doing inside us flows out as missional living. Let’s not switch the order of these two.
posted by Amy Jackson on October 11, 2012 8:00 AM