Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Missional Tribe Website

There's this cool new website, Missional Tribe, a social network for missional Christianity.

A video from the website is posted below. It's a talk given by Dave Fitch concerning missional order, or church planting in post-Christendom. If you have the time, watch the video- there is much that rings true, though maybe nothing really new for those who've been around missional for some time. This is an excerpt, the video is below:

The way we used to plant churches was as organizations...You have an established structure...and you pay somebody to go set up shop, set up the extension of the particular denominational organization that you are a part of, and you plant said church. With the distinctives, the labels and the franchise tags, and the special niches that this particular denomination is good at. That's how we used to do it. That [doesn't] work any more. In fact now the issue is survival...missional order is about surviving. It's about recognizing that ministry is not just a set occupation, but indeed you're going to have to go out and make a living while you plant the seeds for a missional community. You're going to need to band together as a community, and have support and love and care because you're gonna get battered a lot. So we're going from "extending an organization" to survival.

And towards the end of the clip:

In the old days the emphasis was on organizing excelllence and better distribution. Today the emphasis is on a way of life together. That is, gospel in the world.

Dave Fitch - Cultivate Gathering - Missional Order from Missional Tribe on Vimeo.

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