We are developing an initiative for the churches in our state called the One Day Initiative. Essentially, it works like this:
Equip the leaders of the church to be missional disciples;
The leaders equip the members of their classes or groups to be missional;
- The group then does some incarnational ministry in their community to help them put their learning into practice.
Sound simple, right? As I have been preparing for One Day, I've come to realize that communicating the missional concept in such a way that Joe Churchmember will grab it is not easy. I need your help. For the most part (and so far that means 100%), my reading and learning about being missional is happening in the full-time minister field, those of us who think about being missional on a full-time basis. But I am looking for a way to help the regular church member who doesn't read these books and doesn't have "missional" imprinted on their frontal lobe understand what this means and how he can do it.
So far, most regular church members out there hear the word "missional" and think "missions". So that means either a mission trip or an offering! My own Bible study teacher doesn't even think missional is a word because it gets the red, squiggly line under it when he types it on his word processor. Bill Gates is never wrong is he?
So I am trying to wrap my hands around a way to communicate missional in lay-person terms that will pique their interest and bring them along. How do we equip Sunday School teachers about having a missional class in such a way that they want to change it?
Until Joe-average church member can understand that missional isn't a concept but a lifestyle, I'm afraid that all of our books and blogs that we professionals are passing back and forth are not going to have much kingdom impact.
Thom Rainer came out with a book a couple of years back called Simple Church. We need a book or a manual on Simple Missional that our people can understand.