Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Programming Missional: Is It Possible?

I grew up in a church where making a difference was something we programmed. It was something we did to and for the world at specific times and at specific places. We did it because the Bible told us to and it was the right thing to do. We did this through mission trips. Through weekly visitation. Through projects for the under-resourced.

If I'm honest, I don't think difference making was not in our blood. It was something that we had to program to make happen.

What was in our blood? Buildings, meetings, sitting and listening to sermons, hand-bell choirs and business meetings. We wanted to impact people's lives, but I'm not sure we had any idea about what that would actually look like.

Recently, I read a Facebook post that stated, Missional is not feeding the hungry at the homeless shelter. Missional is sitting and eating with a homeless man.

I also realize that when churched people are not used to sitting and eating with a homeless man that they need steps to get started. Programming can help with that. But do we stop with programs and assume that that's all that needed.

Can we program missional? What do you think?

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