In a recent blog post Ed Stetzer asks, “Why are so many missional Christians uninvolved in God’s global mission? As the missional conversation continues and deepens, what has occurred that has led to our blindness to the lost world around us?” (HT: JT)
Stetzer’s answers are worth reading. But I have to say that the phenomenon he identifies has not been my experience over here in the UK. In my admittedly limited experience, I’ve found missional churches in the UK very involved in global mission.
I wonder if this reflects our different contexts. The UK is deeply secular and for the most part post-Christian. So missional church is the UK is largely a response to our missional context. It is driven by mission (and also, for me, by biblical theology – see my talks at Lead09). The US is far more religious and the church is much larger. But the church in the US is often perceived (rightly or wrongly) to be entrenched, disengaged, formal. So missional church in the US is largely a response to its ecclesial context. It’s a reaction against traditional church. The danger with this cna be that the focus falls on ‘doing church’ without a focus on ‘doing mission’.