Learning to Be Missional
By Dr. Michael Proud Jr., Director of Missions
Hello Pastors & Ministry Leaders,
As we enter November and the Holiday Season, we still find ourselves living in a world which has been radically changed by the Coronavirus. Back in March we were told this would last just a few weeks. When we got into April, we were told the summer heat would cause it to go away. Now that we are into the fall and moving into winter, we understand no one really knows what is next. However, one thing is clear-the Church is still God’s chosen vessel for reaching people with the Gospel.
While COVID-19 has created a great upheaval to our churches, it has also provided much opportunity for reaching hurting people. Maybe this is because there are more people hurting now than ever before. Maybe it is because hurting people are more easily identified. Whatever the case, most of us have become more missional in our thinking whether we realize it or not.
So, what does it mean to be “missional?” It means seeing ourselves as being part of God’s mission to “Go” out into the field where lost people are. The current pandemic has forced us into this place. But do we fully understand the opportunity which our current situation has provided?
I want to introduce you (or reintroduce you) to Brad Brisco. In the past 4 years the OCSBA has held several Missional Conferences which Brad has led for us, but we may not have been ready to fully grasp the value of what he shared until right now. Brad is the Director of Bivocational Church Planting with the Send Network at NAMB. He has taught and written extensively on the subject of getting outside the church building and into the fields where lost people live. Brad blogs regularly about the Missional Movement and I wanted to use this newsletter article to encourage you to watch this video blog on the 3 Key Missional Principles. I believe this video will stir your thinking for why this is so important for us today.
As churches will be thinking about how to reach people during the holidays, I want to encourage you to start a discussion about how your church can “Go” and make a difference in the lives of those around you.