Just imagine.February 22, 2013 | Found in: Academy
Wes Magruder comments:
Cultivating a missional imagination is something that can, indeed must, be learned. It's a way of thinking, of being in the world, an ethos and a lifestyle.
In this startling short video, Michael Frost reveals the power of paying attention. This is a critical piece in the missional experience. Too often the contemporary church comes up with solutions to problems that don't exist, or answers to questions that aren't being asked.
This is precisely the kind of thinking that the Missional Wisdom Foundation encourages, teaches, and practices.
Bret Wells responds:
Michael Frost has a way of getting right to the heart of what's holding us back. I recently heard him say, "I'm sick and tired of attending conferences, reading books and engaging in conversations about being 'missional' when we can't answer the question, 'To whom have I been sent?' If you can't answer that question, you're not even in the game.'"
What I love about this video, is that the answer to the question is simple. Perhaps the answer is that we have been sent to the people who are crying out in our own neighborhood. I often tell people, "You want to know what missional is? Look out your window. What is God doing there? Go ask if you can help."
The missional imagination begins with the willingness to be present. In my course on the topic, I see this as one of my greatest teaching challenges. Just simply getting people to BE where they already ARE.
Wes is right, so many of our blunders can be attributed to our unwillingness to listen to the questions being asked. Too often we approach a context with a condescending attitude of, "We're bringing Jesus to this place." That's a load of garbage. Jesus was already there and working among the people long before we ever got the nerve to get up out of our pews.
The missional imagination is cultivated and unleashed more than learned . . . but we can teach you how to unleash it.