“Being missional means moving intentionally beyond our church preferences, making missional decisions rather than preferential decisions.” ― Ed Stetzer,
I love this post from Frank Viola on the Missio Dei – below is an excerpt. You can find the post in its entirety at The Missio Dei Take a look.
Here's a little bit more from Barth for you (from the book, “The Witness of God”):
“Must not the faithful, the most convinced missionary think seriously about the fact that the concept ‘missio’ in the ancient church was a term from the doctrine of the Trinity, the designation of the divine self sending, the sending of Son and Holy Spirit into the world?” p. 108
Here are several seminal statements about the church from Karl Barth’s "Church
Dogmatics" as cited in the book, The Witness of God; The Trinity, Missio Dei, Karl Barth and the Nature of Christian Community .
reading a book right now called, “The Witness of God; The Trinity, Missio Dei, Karl Barth and the Nature of Christian Community." It's written by John
There's much written about the "missio Dei" right now, but quite a bit of it resides on a superficial level. To hear people talk about the concepts basic to the missio Dei – “…the Father sends the Son, the Father and the Son send the Spirit, and the Triune God sends the church,” is good! There has been a wonderful correction in theology as a result of the missio Dei concept, but often times the superficiality of describing it misses some essential elements. In this book there is a deeper, more full-orbed exploration of the notion. This book is not necessarily for the casual reader, but I think a significant contribution to the field of missiology.
I'm reading the book my intention is to insert a quote or two from each section
I'm reading. Here are a few from the first couple chapters:
“’Our mission has no life of its own: only in the hands of the
sending God can it truly be called mission.’” He continues (his own words now),
“Mission is not something the church does, dependent on ecclesiastical
management and developed according to some notion of the efficient use of
resources. It is justified by neither human capacity nor historical accident.”
is also from Bosch:
“’The recognition that mission is God's mission represents
a crucial breakthrough in respect of the preceding centuries. It is
inconceivable that we can again revert to a narrow ecclesiocentric view of
“The church's call to echo in time the communion that is God's life
in eternity: she is called to be a being of persons-in-relationship which
receives [her] character as communion by virtue of [her] relationship to God
and so is enabled to reflect something about being in the world.”
out to Los Angeles tomorrow to join up with Dan Steigerwald and several
others in a “Train the Trainer” event. It is another piece of our effort to
push out the INFUSE MIssional Training
that we have put together. There will be
potential trainers from Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, and Spokane. This
curriculum is being facilitated in partnership with FORGE America. It
should be a great time of learning how to raise at missional pioneers in our
In an attempt to describe a missional ecclesiology in brief, I am reminded of one of the most
influential theologians of the last century, Karl Barth. He reintroduced the classic doctrine of missio Dei, this idea in scripture where you have God the Father sending the Son, and God the Father and the Son sending the Spirit, and then the Father, Son and Spirit sending the church into the world for the sake of the world.