Posts Tagged: mission

“It is as true of the modern missionary…” David Bosch #SpiritualitySundays

Source: A Spirituality of the Road by David Bosch Read more

#10: Listening, patience and evangelism #TaylorTuesdays

How important is listening to sharing faith? Although J.V. Taylor is mainly describing inter-faith dialogue in this quote, his sentiments could easily apply to any situation in which we find ourselves with an opportunity to share our faith with others. So much of our time, when we think and talk about evangelism, is taken up by discussing what we should share. Followers of Jesus can spend hours and hours talking about how to present our faith relevant and attractive to others. Taylor wants to suggest ... Read more

‘Never accept and be content…’ #SpiritualitySundays

Source: Christianity Rediscovered by Vincent Donovan Read more

#7: Mission and Humility #TaylorTuesdays

How can we create fertile soil for the seed of Christ to grow? For J.V. Taylor, joining in with God's Mission is about humility and sacrifice. For the Spirit to be fully able to work through our encounters with others, we must be willing to let our guard down. This means that we need to come to the end of ourselves, or to put it another way: we need to get out of God's way and let the Spirit get to work. This is ... Read more

#6: The Universality and Uniqueness of the Spirit #TaylorTuesdays

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 ... Read more

‘We are in need of a new understanding of spirituality…’ #SpiritualitySundays

Source: A Spirituality of the Road by David Bosch Read more

#4: Mission as explosion, not extension #TaylorTuesdays

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 ... Read more

#3: The Mission of the Creator Spirit #TaylorTuesdays

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 ... Read more

#1: Mission as the Spirit’s presence, not our project #TaylorTuesdays

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 ... Read more

NEW! Pioneer Ministry and Mission Blog Posts

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: 1. ... Read more
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