On a Mission

You may have noticed that I have mentioned mission a few times recently.  Doing a module in Mission in Culture and Context with all of the newly ordained in the local area can do that to you.  I have been trying to articulate what it is all about for presentations in front of my peers and contemplating what to write about for the university.  Then along came Big Daddy Whale with this clip that he’s showing on his blog and… can I just email it to the university and claim it?  No?  You sure?

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4 Responses

  1. This video here> http://www.missionalcommunities.co.uk/index.php?id=16&autostart=1&vid=56&cHash=f477d7ff69c769b3fa654725ece1c2f5 got my attention initially as it explaned very well what we are trying to achieve as a church righ now. ( For some reason it is not embedding in wordpress)

  2. That is a great video and a wonderful vision for what it means to be the body of Christ. Everyone brought together to realise the call of their baptism, to be part of the mission. To become the people God calls them to be.

    My one question when it comes to any model like this is what happens in a place that has low social capital? When a church is in an area of social deprivation, is it necessarily able to operate in this manner?

  3. “When a church is in an area of social deprivation, is it necessarily able to operate in this manner?”

    Surely it is MORE able to operate in areas of social deprivation.

    People have more time
    More things need fixing
    The hunger for hope is greater

    This is not a scientifically researched opinion – but I would wager there is usually a negative correlation between the number of parking spaces at a church and the missional will of its parishoners.

    If you want to sell the benefits of faith – and preach beyond the converted – improving the communal environment is a great way to do it.

  4. Julz, the problem is that “living in an area that provides vast opportunity to serve” doesn’t necessarily coincide with “having the social capital to do something about the problems”.

    Having more time is often due to social deprivation. If you look to a

    Your ‘not scientifically researched opinion’ contains some of my experiential truth. But it depends on what people define “mission” to be. For some it is “prosyletisation” and for others it is “actually doing something about the problems”.

    If you look to an area like the pit villages around Barnsley, you are much more likely to be unemployed*, unqualified*, living in poverty*, born into poverty* and a man can expect to live an average of 5 years less than the national average. In these areas, it is not a case of “let them pull themselves up by their boot straps, they have the time to fix it themselves”, there are serious issues.

    My concern is that the video looks like a very good plan for the well educated middle classes.

    *than the national average

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