Being Missional

Tim Chester posts 6 simple ways to be missional:

1. Eat with other people

We all eat three meals a day. That’s 21 opportunities for church and mission each week without adding anything new to your schedule. And meals are a powerful expression of welcome and community.

2. Work in public places

Hold meetings, prepare talks, and read in public spaces like cafés, pubs, and parks. It will naturally help you engage with the culture. For example, whose questions do you want to address in your Bible studies, those of professional exegetes or those of the culture?

3. Be a regular

Adopt a local café, pub, park,
and shop so you regularly visit and become known as a local. Imagine if everyone in your gospel community did this!

4. Leave the house in the evenings

It’s so easy after a long day on a dark evening to slump in front of the television or surf the Internet. Get out! Visit a friend. Take a cake to a neighbour. Attend a local group. Go to the cinema. Hang out in a café. Go for a walk with a friend. It doesn’t matter where as long as you go with gospel intentionality.

5. Serve your neighbours

Weed a neighbour’s garden. Help someone move. Put up a shelf. Volunteer with a local group. It could be one evening a week or one day a month. Try to do it with other members of your gospel community so it becomes a common project. Then people will see your love for one another and it will be easier to talk about Jesus.

6. Share your passion

What do you enjoy? Find a local group that shares your passion. Be missional and have fun
at the same time!

(HT: Rick Ianniello)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

One thought on “Being Missional

  1. I liked this simple but concrete advice accessible to all shed of the language of Canaan.

    “Walk Across The Room Too”

    Now don’t stand there
    Dithering, or ignoring or talking
    To family or friends unaware
    Of strangers, or those visiting.
    ‘Walk across the room’, say ‘Hello’
    To people you may not know.
    For them it would be nice
    If you boldly break the ice.
    Give the warmth of your smile.
    Share your ‘story’ or just a little conversation.
    Who knows, it could be a link in their salvation.
    Push yourself, go that second mile.
    And for those folks in the street
    Workmates we see or maybe meet
    ‘Walk across the room’, pray, and find a way
    To share God’s love with some one today……..

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