This summer, as we begin training for missional living, we
are scheduling opportunities for our people to connect with the surrounding
community. Saturday we had a group set up to feed a pancake breakfast for the
families that would be served by 6Stones through New HopeCenter. We planned, prepared, and
conducted the entire event without any need for the team at New Hope to be
involved…but we did have their approval and their blessing on our effort.
As we gathered early Saturday morning we took time to pray
together and talk about what it means to be missional. Missional living has been defined in terms of
realigning ourselves with the biblical narrative where we adopt a missionary
stance in relation to our culture. Living on mission goes far beyond the “what”
and “how” of being sent; it hinges on the “who” of other people. It’s about
entering into life with other people and intentionally living the gospel
wherever we are. What we do must be of value to the people that we encounter,
but it is only the foil that gets us there. While we are there we must engage
the people and join them on their journey…we must be willing to get outside of
our assumptions about life and walk with people as Jesus did. It was our prayer
God would circumcise our eyes and
hearts allowing us to see what He sees as we served those that came.
As we departed we were aware that the “pancakes” may have met
the immediate need…but we were greatly aware that encounters of significance
could only happen by taking the first step to be where the people are. It
remains our hope that the “ancient way” will be made new to us again.