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What are we doing here?

February 2, 2010

A local friend and ministry colleague, Jeff Elkins, posted the following video on his blog. I think it gives a very simple overview of how we are framing our ministry and church-planting effort here in Towson, Maryland:

I hope you enjoyed the video! I look forward to your thoughts and comments!

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  1. February 3, 2010 12:17 pm

    Interesting video. I have to admit, I don’t like it when people trying to pretend like certain church models are “missional” while others are not. Often times the other model is labeled “attractional”. I think the church should be both. Jesus’ followers went out on their own, but they also brought people to him to experience him first-hand. The Church as a gathering and Christians as individuals should partner together to carry out God’s mission.

    Erwin McManus was asked about this false dichotomy once, and his response was pretty funny. He said he thought the church should be missional, but shouldn’t be ugly either (as in, not attractional). I think that was on the Exponential Conference podcast.

    The model of inviting people to a church gathering, which still requires people to be missionally involved in other’s lives, clearly still works. Rather than either or, both/and is necessary and most churches need both/and.

  2. February 6, 2010 8:22 am

    Nick –

    Thanks for the comment. I tend to agree. I’m not a big “church models” guy. The reality of what we will be doing long-term is a mix-and-match of things we’ve learned from several of these “models,” evaluated for our own gift mix, and evaluated for what we see in our local culture here in Towson.

    I mainly posted the video to emphasize the evangelism strategy of getting out there, meeting people, investing in their lives, and being able to share what Jesus has done for us as we live life next to them. Coming to “church,” whatever/wherever/whenever that will be is only a part of the evangelism strategy of making disciples . . . no matter what your “church model” may be.

    My wife has a recent story as an example here:

    Spaghetti, meatballs, girl talk, and some Jesus

    I also had dinner with my boss and another employee on Thursday, and we talked a lot about spiritual perspective. I know a lot more of where they are coming from now, so I can communicate better with them in the future, hoping and praying for the Holy Spirit to make a breakthrough.

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