Missional Thoughts on the Weekend

Missional 2Just finished teaching the Advanced Church Planting Class at Trinity Seminary to six eager world changers looking to make a difference for the King.  Great time, but I think it is time for a complete overhaul of both classes that I teach at Trinity.  Too tired to do much now (and disappointed that ‘Nova is out of the NCAA tournament) but here’s just a few thoughts post class;

  1. Missional leaders lead God’s people on the mission of God, to the world of God, for the glory of God.
  2. Missional leaders model being on mission for those they are leading in the mission.
  3. Missional leaders live incarnationally among those they lead so those they lead can lead others to live incarnationally among those they hope to reach.
  4. Missional leaders practice “INTENTIONAL WITHNESS” in their discipleship process.
  5. Missional leaders delight in mobilizing leaders to the mission of God.

All for now.

Re-post from 2010.

5 thoughts on “Missional Thoughts on the Weekend

  1. Missional leaders live light in every dark space they can find.

    This is something I can’t stop thinking about – as we reformulate our ministry plan for Fuse (student ministries) I am hoping to work this out in some way.


  2. Amen, Marty (and Christopher).

    I had really high expectations for Roxburgh’s Missional Leader, and was deeply disappointed when I read it. Similarly with Organic Church and Missional Renaissance when I read them last summer. Roxburgh’s was just too nebulous to be helpful (even to me), and the others seem grossly tunnel visioned. What I want to see is a more robust understanding of how missional leadership relates to the overall task of pastoral leadership. If “everything is mission” (contra Stetzer), then we simply need a more robust [picture] of missional/pastoral leadership, minus the distinction.

    What is helpful to me is when pastors assimilate missional thinking to shape their pastoral leadership. Rather than trading one model of leadership for another, we should allow new models to correct the excesses and deficiencies of our current ones.

    For instance, rather than trading the “pastor as exegetical teacher” for “pastor as real life ministry model,” we need to grapple with how to accomplish both. We need to use a wider angle lens when looking at Jesus, Paul, and the other early church leaders. What absolutely must go is this (pagan) idea of the pastor as organizational manager, in order to regain the role of the pastor as “prophet.”


    1. I found Roxburgh a bit tedious and obtuse myself. He periodically says something helpful however. I found that he made more sense when I read him out loud!

      I like your thought that pastors need to assimilate missional thinking into their pastoral leadership. The question is how to do this? Like you, I am not willing to do away with expositional preaching for some type of leaderless new form that some want us to believe is a recovery of an old form.

      Jim Elliff down in Kansas City is doing some really good things in bringing real preaching into small house fellowships and churches but I am not sure how truly missional even that fellowship is.

      I’m convinced that the pastor as “organizational manager” is a large part of the problem and for a number of years have used a chart in the classes I teach at TEDS to demonstrate the insidious creep of administration into the pastoral schedule. (Probably came up with it after you took the class.)

      Bottom line: Pastors need to devote themselves to prayer and preaching of the word but stay close enough to real people to model going on mission to a dying world.


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