As I said in my last post, I recently read two new books by the 3DMovements team. I have reviewed Oikonomics and now turn my attention to Family On Mission (which you can buy on Amazon here), written by Mike Breen and Sally Breen.
The book comes out of the couple’s experience of leading churches and watching other pastors try to juggle family live with their ministry and mission. Their conclusion: Family or mission is an impossible choice. Family and mission is unsustainably exhausting. Family ON mission – moving as a pack, inviting people into our lives and living an integrated life – made things manageable, fun and fruitful.
The book is trying to correct the tendency to put all the “bones” of missionary discipleship in place (missional communities, huddles, etc.) in place without the texture (“skin”) of family on mission, because one without the other doesn’t work. I agree with this – we often focus on the structure because it seems simpler to figure out, to our loss.
The book covers why the idea of “(extended) family on mission” is so important: because God as Trinity is a family on mission, because we were created to be, because Jesus created a family on mission as his approach, and because our culture is longing for this mix of intimacy and purpose. The book unpacks all of this in quite some depth, with the highlight being a fascinating exploration of Jesus’s rejection by his own family and his constitution of a new family on mission with the disciples and women followers.
The second part of the book provides a framework for understanding how a Continue reading