More quotes from The Forgotten Ways Handbook: A Practical Guide for Developing Missional Churches by Alan Hirsch with Darryn Altclass (Brazos, 2009) …
‘A good question to explore as a group is, “how can we make sacred our everyday ordinary tasks?” How can cleaning be made holy? Shopping? Work? Meeting for lunch? Study? And so on. You’ll be surprised at the interesting and meaningful suggestions people will discover simply by dreaming and brainstorming together. Here are a couple of examples: “How can we hallow our eating?” Eat with thankfulness, respect, generosity, and moderation. Eat with those beyond the faith, your neighbours, friends, the lonely, the poor, and so on. “How can we hallow our recreation?” Use the time and context to connect with people, to serve others, to be refreshed, to reflected on God, to connect with creation.’ (50)
‘Hold some of your planning meetings in third places. Meet with your team and colleagues in local third places [locations that are not home or work], rather than in a meeting room. Many of ‘Third Place Communities’ team meetings were held in a local pub. They found it was far more helpful planning and reaming about their mission immersed within the actual mission context rather than removed from it. Try it. If it doesn’t work, you can always go back to a meeting room.’ (93)
‘Adopt a local watering hole or equivalent. It might be a café, the beach, or a certain park in your area. Obviously, it will be different for every context. Identify a local place in harmony with your group focus, and hang out their regularly. The key is to move from identifying with the locals to actually becoming one. This is exactly what Jesus did through the incarnation. Shop at the same places. Historically, the marketplace was a hub for meaningful connection. We need to recover the marketplace as a setting for connecting withy others and building community. Try to purchase your food and household items at the same store every time. Whether that’s the local butcher, grocer, fishmonger, supermarket, or hardware story. Don’t chase the bargains but commit to supporting your local shopkeepers and producers. You’ll develop familiarity not only with the staff and owners, but also with the other customers. Imagine if everyone in your mission group did this! Enjoy your shopping, and view it as a great opportunity for mission.’ (95-96)
The Forgotten Ways Handbook is a follow up to Alan Hirsch’s book, The Forgotten Ways: Recovering the Missional Church . Click here for my review.