Risk Taking Mission

Pondering

“The church exists by mission as fire exists by burning.”~Emil Brunner 

A couple weeks ago I traveled across miles and miles of Iowa fields to hear a presentation on risk taking mission and service. The scenic farmland gave plenty of time to think about how we engage in God’s mission.

I was particularly struck by two principles offered for consideration: commit to do one things and keep at it for a decade and then another, and offer people bite sized ways to give them a taste of the work. I think these are particularly helpful when considering how a church, or any organization really, might engage people in an effort to bring social, communal, and societal change.

Pick something and commit to it. So often we are stymied by the overwhelming amount and press of needs we encounter. We stretch ourselves and resources thin trying to respond to every…

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