Then and Now: A Call to Missional Leadership
In the ever-changing landscape of the modern world, church leaders are faced with the challenge of adapting their approach to effectively serve their communities and fulfill their mission. In this episode, Tim and Sara delve into the concept of missional leadership as a way to navigate these changes and ensure the church’s relevance in today’s society
A Shift in Focus: From Program to People
There is a deep need to shift from a program-centered approach to one that centers on people. While this need has not change – it’s been present for decades – the urgency has changed. As leaders recognize the church’s mission is not to cater to personal preferences or promote prosperity but to focus on God’s mission you will put God in the driver’s seat. This allows the mission to guide your actions.
Engaging the Community: Embracing a Missional Mindset
In a world where cultural norms have shifted, church leaders must recognize that simply expecting people to come to the church is no longer effective. Missional leadership encourages leaders to step outside the church walls, engaging with the community on a personal level. This relational approach, as opposed to an attractional model, helps the church meet people where they are and address their needs.
Recognizing Local Context: Leading with Purpose
Missional leadership also involves recognizing and embracing the local context where the church is situated. Instead of focusing on personal preferences or performance, church leaders are called to lead with purpose, asking the vital question: “What is God doing in our community?” This question drives the church’s actions and ensures that they align with God’s mission and the needs of the community
Celebrating God’s Work
The discussion culminates in the idea that worship becomes a celebration of what God is doing within the church and the community. By focusing on God’s mission, church leaders can lead their congregations to participate actively in God’s work. This engagement transforms worship from a passive experience to an opportunity for the community to celebrate and join in the mission.
In a rapidly changing world, missional leadership emerges as a powerful approach to guide churches and their leaders forward. By centering on God’s mission, engaging with the community, and embracing the local context, church leaders can lead with purpose and authenticity. Through missional leadership, the church can reclaim its role as a vibrant and relevant force in the lives of individuals and the communities they serve.