Maintenance and mission

This post is from the defunct blog "Dying Church"

Is the task of a mission community to maintain itself? Organizational constraints quickly eclipse the theological assumption that particular communities exist for their mission. The community owns property, has staff, makes commitments, and must therefore ensure that the budget is raised and the program continued. Maintenance replaces mission as the guiding principle of the community's life. The challenge confronting the church in North America is a radical one. It is that neither maintenance nor survival is an adequate purpose for any particular community or ecclesial structure. The organizational structures that guarantee maintenance and survival are often missiologically questionable. These structures may be transformable, but they are not justifiable as they are... Business as usual will not work if our local congregations are to become missional. We must be willing to question our value systems, particularly with regard to property, wealth, and endowments. We must scrutinize the criteria of success that we transfer to the church from our society... (Missional Church, pp.240-241)

Mosaic 2005

November 16-18 in Toronto with Erwin McManus, Rick McKinley, and others
Mosaic 2005 is about church planting in Canada. We want to see a gathering of Christians within practical and relational distance of every person, in every kind and culture of people in the nation. Mosaic 2005 is about exploring innovative ways of establishing new churches. There will be instruction from experienced, creative presenters and workshop leaders representing various elements of our diverse social mosaic. Mosaic 2005 is about creating a space for interaction with others who are impacting our culture with the Good News. Mosaic 2005 is about each of us being renewed in our sense of how God wants to use us to contribute to the bigger picture of His Kingdom.
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