Living Missionally is one of the “CORE VALUES” we have identified for our church as we move into the future. We define “Missional Living” as encouraging every individual member of the church to become engaged in some type of mission effort—either through the church’s network of opportunities or some mission outside the church.
Tari heard about an effort being led by Open Table and our friend, Ingrid McIntyre. It is a very simple concept—Open Table is encouraging people to save the plastic caps off of all the products they use that have such caps like milk cartons, soft drinks, etc. Open Table collects these caps, melts them down and creates park benches for the homeless. So we are saving plastic caps.
Will these caps save the world? Probably not, but it’s futile to try and think of the one thing that will save the world. What is more likely is that all of us combined will do our small part to change just our own little corner of the world. And as enough of us do that, the world truly is changed.
We have a group in the church that writes notes to incarcerated women. They’ve been doing it a long time. They do it quietly and faithfully. They take seriously Jesus’ admonition, “when did you see me in prison and visit me?” That is missional living.
We have a group that knits prayer shawls. These shawls are blessed and distributed to people in the hospitals or those who are grieving—to anyone who needs to feel like they are loved. That is missional living.
10s of thousands of people descended on Maryland Farms last Saturday to participate in The Race For The Cure—the Susan B. Komen effort to find a cure for breast cancer. Runners came to do what they love to do, but they also found a way to do it for a cause. That is missional living.
One of the things we discussed a lot was doing all we could to foster an “entrepreneurial spirit” when it came to missional living. In other words, to encourage creativity and give permission for folks to create their own way for missions and to celebrate that with them. In the past, the structure of the church has often times hindered this kind of creativity. Our hope is not to get in the way of your passion to serve but to support it and encourage it. If you have ideas come and tell us and let’s see how we can make it come true.
And please let us know what your “plastic cap” stories are. We want to know and celebrate those with you.
Finally, one of the hopes that was spoken throughout our visioning process was that maybe we could identify one mission that ALL of us could participate in, together. We would like that, too. So help us to imagine what that could be. We are all ears.