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The Missional call is characterized by these 5Ps:-

  • PRAYING for the nations
  • PROXIMITY with the unsaved or unreached
  • PRESENCE of Christ
  • POWERLESSNESS in service and
  • PROCLAIMING the Gospel in word and action

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Join us to be missional through:-

  • Global Watch: Praying for the nations
  • KAIROS: Learn God's purpose and plan for our world
  • Nurture group: Find your life purpose and plan in God's plan
  • Exposure trip: Experience reality on the mission field
  • Simple lifestyle: Live simply so that others may simply live
  • Outreach: Reaching out to those whom God has placed around you

Contact:

Dr Jeffrey Lum
Tel: 6885 0434 (O) Email: jeffreylum@bartley.org.sg
Catherine Ang-Kok
Tel: 6885 0445 (O) Email: missions@bartley.org.sg
Serene Lum
Tel: 6885 0456 (O) Email: serenelum@bartley.org.sg


BEing Missional

The idea of being missional is an intentional awareness of the places that we go, the people we meet, and the culture that surrounds us.  It's about being the hands and feet of Jesus, not by thumping people over the head with the Bible and playing Holy Spirit to them, but by serving them and seeking opportunities to share as to why that service is important.

 

The origin of the word "evangelism" is from the Greek word "euangelion" which means, "Gospel or Good News."  Evangelism is sharing God's story in our lives, not beating people over the head with the Bible and trying to "seal the deal" to get them to pray a prayer.

 

When we live intentionally missional lives, we don't simply surround ourselves with people who think, talk, and believe what we believe.  In fact, if those are the people that we are spending significant time with, we need a change.  I have felt this tension for years now.  It's ironic that one whose profession is to minister to people and reach people for Christ ends up being surrounded by so many Christians.  If we look at who Jesus was surrounded by, it was more often than not the ones who needed to hear the "euangelion."


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What is Missional - A Short Answer

"Jesus told us to go into all the world and be his ambassadors, but many churches today have inadvertently changed the "go and be" command to a "come and see" appeal. We have grown attached to buildings, programs, staff and a wide variety of goods and services designed to attract and entertain people.

 

"Missional is a helpful term used to describe what happens when you and I replace the "come to us" invitations with a "go to them" life. A life where "the way of Jesus" informs and radically transforms our existence to one wholly focused on sacrificially living for him and others and where we adopt a missionary stance in relation to our culture. It speaks of the very nature of the Jesus follower."---Rick Meigs

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Description of the Missional Church

§  The missional church is a collection of missional believers acting in concert together in fulfillment of the missio dei [the "mission of God," or the "sending of God."]

§  The missional church is one where people are exploring and rediscovering what it means to be Jesus' sent people as their identity and vocation.

§  The missional church is faith communities willing and ready to be Christ's people in their own situation and place.

§  The missional church knows that they must be a cross-cultural missionary (contextual) people and adopt a missionary stance in relation to their community.

§  The missional church will be engaged with the culture (in the world) without being absorbed by the culture (not of the world). They will become intentionally indigenous.

§  The missional church understands that God is already present in the culture where it finds itself. Therefore, the missional church doesn't view its purpose as bringing God into the culture or taking individuals out of the culture to a sacred space.

§  The missional church is about more than just being contextual, it is also about the nature of the church and how it relates to God.

§  The missional church is about being -- being conformed to the image of God.

§  The missional church will seek to plant all types of missional communities.

§  The missional church is evangelistic and faithfully proclaims the gospel through word and deed. Words alone are not sufficient; how the gospel is embodied in our community and service is as important as what we say.

§  The missional church understands the power of the gospel and does not lose confidence in it.

§  The missional church recognizes that it does not hold a place of honor in its host community and that its missional imperative compels it to move out from itself into that host community as salt and light.

§  The missional church will align all their activities around the missio dei -- the mission of God.

§  The missional church seeks to put the good of their neighbor over their own.

§  The missional church will give integrity, morality, good character and conduct, compassion, love and a resurrection life filled with hope preeminence to give credence to their reasoned verbal witness.

§  The missional church practices hospitality by welcoming the stranger into the midst of the community.

§  The missional church will always be in a dynamic tension or paradox between missional individuals and community. We cannot sustain being missional on our own, but if we are not being missional individually we cannot sustain being mission-shaped corporately.

§  The missional church will see themselves as representatives of Jesus and will do nothing to dishonor his name.

 

 

§  The missional church will be totally reliant on God in all it does. It will move beyond superficial faith to a life of supernatural living.

§  The missional church will be desperately dependent on prayer.

§  The missional church gathered will be for the purpose of worship, encouragement, supplemental teaching, training, and to seek God's presence and to be realigned with God's missionary purpose.

§  The missional church is orthodox in its view of the gospel and scripture, but culturally relevant in its methods and practice so that it can engage the world view of the hearers.

§  The missional church will feed deeply on the scriptures throughout the week.

§  The missional church will be a community where all members are involved in learning "the way of Jesus." Spiritual development is an expectation.

§  The missional church will help people discover and develop their spiritual gifts and will rely on gifted people for ministry instead of talented people.

§  The missional church is a healing community where people carry each other's burdens and help restore gently.

§  The missional church will require that its leaders be missiologists.

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