Missions-Minded vs. Missional

Brent has written an excellent post over on his Colossians Three Sixteen blog on the confusion surrounding the term “missional” and has done a good job of distinguish between a “missions-minded church” and a “missional church”.

Drawing largely from Ed Stetzer, Brent writes:

But we need to be careful and make a distinction between “Mission(s)-Minded” churches and “Missional” churches. Stetzer clarifies between the two terms (italics his):

The first refers more to an attitude of caring about missions, particularly overseas. Missional means actually doing mission right where you are. Missional means adopting the posture of a missionary, learning and adapting to the culture around you while remaining biblically sound. Think of it this way: missional means being a missionary without ever leaving your zip code. You can see how a particular congregation or denomination can be mission-minded without being missional.

Practically, of course, this means that it is possible to have a church that does a lot overseas but nothing at home, as odd as that might initially sound. Stetzer argues that this arises, at least in part from a false dichotomy between “missions” and “evangelism.” Missions is for out there somewhere while evangelism is for here. He argues that “There is no basis, biblically or theologically, for the territorial distinction of missions and evangelism.”

Read the whole thing here.


~ by toddbumgarner on May 15, 2008 12:28 pm.

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