In this 5-on-5 series, we've asked 5 missional thinkers and practitioners 5 questions about the state of the Missional movement. Part 4 is today, and here is the question we posed:
What’s one thing you think you’ve been wrong about or missed as it relates to ‘Missional'?
Part 4: Something you've been wrong about:
Alan Hirsch, 100M:I think I have underestimated how deeply the Christendom paradigm is entrenched within the most fundamental practices of church as-we-know-it. It is deeply embedded into the "muscle-memory" of the Western church., so that while we agree to missional understandings with our heads and in our theology, we remain very Constantinian in our body and our practices. I actually used to think that we simply could not change established churches (the first edition Shaping of Things to Come). I now think that while it can be done, it won't happen without a deep commitment from the leadership of the church to the kind of a long term, deep change, process like that 100Movements offers.
David Bailey, Arrabon:Because the ‘Missional’ conversation is mostly happening within homogenous majority white college educated evangelical spaces, the multi-ethnic and racial conversation is often viewed as an add-on instead of an essential to being truly missional in a global society that is becoming increasingly urbanized.
Jessie Cruickshank, 100M:I have been surprised at how drawn to sacred spaces the Millennials and Gen Zers are. I thought the future was going to be living rooms, outdoor spaces, and casual, inviting environments. I thought houses would be enough. But the Millennial desire the sacred, and while they look to live a holistically spiritual life, they also want stained-glass windows, cathedrals. and spaces that feel different from the rest of life because they remind them the God is other. That surprised me.
JR Rozko, Missio Alliance:For a long time I believed the “missional conversation” was universally understood as intrinsically theological. No doubt this was due to the fact that I encountered the conversation in a seminary context and projected that encounter out into the wider Christian world. Sadly, the best missional thought has largely been sequestered to the world of Christian academia, impoverishing the Church. Much more thought needs to be given to appropriate strategies for helping church leaders transformationally encounter and appropriate the insights of missional thinking and practice.
Neil Cole, 100M:If I were to start again, I would not put much confidence in Christians leaving the established church to start organic churches. I wouldn’t stop them, but I also wouldn’t get excited and invest as much time, energy or resources in them. I would keep my focus on those in the harvest and then for the harvest.
Part 5 of this 5-on-5 series will post on Monday of next week and will explore this question: "What’s the biggest barrier to the Missional movement right now?"