The Ex-Reverend always winces this time of year. He writes as a religion reporter and would by all rights be considered a religion observer. Even if he self-describes as having left the building, he is still very much interested in the vocabulary of religion. You may have an affinity against listening to or reading to such a person, but I believe we who still point people to a gathering of Christians should pay careful attention.
Sunday is Back to Church Sunday. Churches all over the Country have signed on to encourage people to come back to church. Lake life, summer vacations, and an all-around malaise may be overcome with a simple invitation. For years Churches have touted what you will get when you come to church. You may have read the rote that generally comes in a four-color, slick-finished postcard, “No boring sermons, Disneyland for children, informal attire,” etc.
Each time I “go to church” I gather to submit to the proclamation of the Word, the Table, and the praise. I go to participate. This takes me out of the posture of control (taking notes and evaluating worship music). What I come away with is not more things “to do” but an orientation that shapes me into the Spirit and where now I am better positioned to cooperate with God.
Writing like this is what captures my imagination whenever I read the word missional. And, why if you have not signed up for Sentralized you should. Why? David will be there. Not just David, but at least David.
Sentralized resists the pragmatic use of missional and strives to consider the word still valuable theologically and its lived-out expression. If you are looking for a group to help you create your next slick postcard, this would not be it. If you are looking for something that will drive you to get underneath to a pulse that connects with the mission of God, then head over and sign-up.
I am looking forward to getting Lance Ford’s, Unleader. He has been Tweeting quotes and thoughts. I suspect it will not make most of the larger conference book tables. But, it should.