How can we be open to ways the Spirit is at work?
Once we recognise the Holy Spirit as the creative power of God in the world, it becomes obvious that the Spirit is present and active everywhere in all kinds of different people and situations.
The question for those of us engaging in mission then becomes 'How can we be open to what the Spirit is doing?'
For Taylor, unless we're able to fully appreciate what the Holy Spirit is up to in ...
How should mission inform church structures?
Taylor suggests that we can compare those engaged in modern day mission to the prophets of ancient Israel. Those called to be prophets often had an incredibly strong personal sense of calling, but often didn't fit into either the religious or political structures of their day at all. He then draws us to consider many of the great missionary figures in church history, and the role that many of them played in challenging the structure and ...
Do you see mission as something engineered or organic?
J.V. Taylor suggests that one of the problems with the modern approach to mission is that it is seen as something which is engineered or built, rather than being seen as the spontaneous, organic activity of the Holy Spirit. He argues that, in reality, the growth of mission more often than not looks more like an explosion, than planned extension. Taylor draws on the rise of Pentecostalism in Latin America as an example ...
Where does your understanding of mission begin?
J.V. Taylor writes that our understanding of mission should begin with who the Holy Spirit is. After all, mission is primarily the activity of the Spirit in the world. When we look at how broad the creative work of the Holy Spirit is, we can't help but also apply the same breadth to our understanding of what it means to join with the Spirit's Mission. For Taylor, every act which is in some way creative ...
How do you open yourself to God's world?
For J.V. Taylor, to be open to the Holy Spirit means to be open to the world in which that same Spirit is at work.
We can't close ourselves off, either from the world or from other people, if we are on a journey of becoming more open to God. We must be open to both the beauty and truth... and the pain and disappointment that comes from becoming emotionally open to others.
According to Taylor, ...
Have we turned God's Mission into Our Project?
J.V. Taylor is generally credited with the idea that, at its simplest, mission is 'finding what God is doing and joining in'. This comes from his strongly held conviction that mission is primarily something that the Holy Spirit does and is doing in the world, and not something which we do ourselves on our own.
Put simply, for Taylor mission is about presence and not projects.
He suggests that if followers of Jesus were to really ...
As we enter a new season as a Lab community, with a focus on encouraging experimental forms of church and mission, we're also entering into a new season with the Lab blog.
Over the coming weeks, you'll see more of the usual updates on how our different communities are growing, developing and evolving, and how you can support. But we'll also be throwing in more and more new blogs posts about pioneer ministry and mission.
These posts will fit into four new categories: