A friend on facebook linked to the following declaration developed by a host of highly influential evangelical minister/theologian’s on how exactly we should understand the word “missional”. They entitled it the Missional Manifesto.
A brief aside, notice that a majority of the authors are Southern Baptists. For all the perceptions of the SBC, here is more evidence of the love for missions by Southern Baptists and the promise of continually making impact upon the world for Christ, something worthy of emulation.
I love how they begin:
God is a sending God, a missionary God, who has called His people, the church, to be missionary agents of His love and glory. The concept missional epitomizes this idea. This manifesto seeks to serve the church by clarifying its calling and helping it theologically understand and practically live out God’s mission in the world today. Although it is frequently stated “God’s church has a mission,” according to missional theology, a more accurate expression is “God’s mission has a church” (Ephesians 3:7-13).
The authors make 10 affirmations about the term where they clarify exactly how they think we should use the term, in both its deepest theological and practical senses. Each affirmation is brief, but packed with content. The aroma of the great missiological thinkers of the past half-century flows from throughout. (Can you identify some?)
After reading the Manifesto, what do you think? What do you like? What are your concerns? Cite scripture in your responses.