Thursday, January 20, 2005

What church ought to be like

SOURCE: The Shaping

"The missional church is incarnational, not attractional, in its ecclesiology. By incarnational, we mean it does not create sanctified spaces into which unbelievers must come to encounter the gospel. Rather the missional church disassembles itself and seeps into the cracks and crevices of a society in order to be Christ to those who don't yet know Him."

"The missional church is messianic, not dualistic in its spirituality. That is, it adopts the worldview Of Jesus the Messiah, rather than that of the Greco-Roman empire. Instead of seeing the world as divided between the sacred (religious) and profane (irreligious), like Christ it sees the world and God's place in it as more holistic and integrated."

"The missional church adopts an apostolic rather than a hierarchical, mode of leadership. By apostolic, we mean a mode of leadership that recognizes the fivefold model detailed by Paul in Ephesians 4. It abandons the triangular hierarchies of the traditional church and embraces a biblical, flat-leadership community that unleashes the gifts of evangelism, apostleship, and prophecy, as well as the currently popular pastoral and teaching gifts."

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