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What if…

by on June 17, 2011

What if the word “church” conjured images of people, not buildings.

What if your churches plans for the year would be limited only by your creativity, not your available funds. You’d have a plan for what happens after you’re gone (a plan that could be implemented tomorrow).

What if you’d worry more about getting things right than being right. You’d know that every decision you make along the way has far-reaching implications for the work, thinking about the long-term strategic consequences of decisions like establishing elders too soon, dividing up families for Bible study, and growing one large church vs. starting several smaller ones.

What if church planting was more than just starting a church and being its pastor; it would entail discipling indigenous leaders and pastoring through them.

What if you’d exegete your cultural context, not consume it. What you learn would inform what you do, because indigeneity would be a goal of your work.

What if you would love your city, but never quite feel comfortable in it. Something would always remind you that you are a stranger, pilgrim, and at best, an acceptable outsider.

What if your church would understand that it’s only a part of what God is doing around the world. There’s a lot to learn from believers of other times and in other contexts. Global involvement cannot wait until local work is mature.

What if your family’s active involvement would be vital to your ministry.

What if your stories would be current, first-person, and self-depreciating.

What if you were more keenly aware of the depth of your inadequacy, the dangers of the spiritual reality, and the blessing of God’s gracious provision.

What if your church thought more like a missionary. Isn’t this how we should think anyway?

(Adapted from Missions Misunderstood)

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