Trying to live as an extended family on mission together is a new experience with a steep learning curve! Having recounted the broad sweep of our first year, I thought I would draw out the main lessons that I have learned over this period over the next few posts. Hopefully they may be of use to others on the same journey. So here we go, a little mini-series starting with…
1. Focus First On Developing Missional Lifestyles
We started with a flurry of outward activity that ended up being unsustainable. I think it was because we were focused on events and not a lifestyle. We had a complicated monthly diary of social, spiritual* and service events which, frankly, was too much burden for what is still a very small group (at under 10 core team!).
When mission is something you add to your diary, it is very hard to sustain. People got tired and it all became complicated to manage. So we dialled back on the program and spent a considerable period of time encouraging people to see themselves as missionaries to their neighbourhoods and networks we have seen people really switch mindset. We did this via a simple weekly meeting where we processed each other’s lives through a missional lens, talked a lot about who we were called to reach and thought about some ways to make existing life more missional.
This change in perspective takes time for people to absorb, so be prepared to put the events on hold whilst you help people see their entire lives in a missionary light.
(* yes, everything is spiritual, but you know what I mean, and it began with an ‘s’ so I kept it)