I started reading a new book today (I often have a couple I am working on at the same time). This book is called, “A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation” by Rick Rouse and Craig Van Gelder. It is an Augsburg Fortress selection that was recommended to me.
I am just getting into this book but I wanted to share something with you that has already struck me and got me thinking. Here’s a short excerpt:
The premise of this book is that becoming an effective witness to the gospel in today’s world — becoming a missional congregation — requires us to revision the way we ARE the church in order to more faithful DO church. Consider the following shifts in an understanding of what the church is and does.
Chaplaincy (Self) Hospitality (Others)
Focus on ourselves Focus on the world
That above list got me thinking about my own setting and context. Are we a missional congregation or are we satisfied with the status quo? Are we inward focused or outward focused? Or consider this question: If this congregation ceased to exist, would the community miss us?
More from this book later.