Tuesday, January 23, 2007

"If a missional community saw itself primarily as the Spirit's steward of the calling and gifts of its members, its internal activities would, in one sense, diminish. It would spend much less time on providing activities that take its members out of the world. It would devote more of its times of gathering for the equipping, support, and accountability of its member-missionaries.

The ancient sense of the conclusion of public worship as the sending out of God's people would be translated into the concrete forms of congregational life. Our concept of "active church member" would, of course, have to change. We would expect to see less of our more mature and accountable members, and focus more of our gathered time on the young, the new Christians, those in training for their missionary vocation." Darrell Guder, Missional Church


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