3 Things “Not To Do” If You’re Leading A Missional CommunityPosted: July 24, 2012
1 DON’T EXPECT EVERYONE TO “GET IT”
This is where leaders get hung up a lot: they read a book (like Total Church), go to a conference (like Verge), develop a man crush on a leader (like Jeff Vanderstelt), and suddenly expect everybody in their community to “get it”.
The reality is that all of us are new at being the church this way (missional communities), and the people you are leading are either new Christians (who will shockingly…act like new Christians) or they have been Christians for a while (which means they have years of experiencing “church” a certain way).
How do you know if this is you? You spend a lot of time being frustrated with the very people you are called to love and lead.
2 DON’T JUST TEACH PEOPLE “HOW TO LIVE” AND FORGET TO TEACH THEM “WHO THEY ARE”.
There is nothing quite like a group of people “doing missional community” that have no idea that Jesus loves them. It’s a mess. It’s a new legalism that will lead to all sorts of awkwardness that actually isn’t very missional at all.