Bill Easum writes:
Dan Kimball just finished his coaching session for 21st Century Strategies. His message - We shouldn't ask people to join the church; we should ask them to join a mission. His membership class teaches what does it mean to be serving on mission. He then lays hands on every new participant who has gone through the membership class. They each will say what mission they are on and they lay hands on them and commission them to be a missionary in their backyard and workplace and networks.
The church should be a sending church and a training center for local missionaries. It’s a shame that we understand sending missionaries to a foreign field but we fail to understand that all Christians are “sent” into the world. That is the primary reason for salvation. We are saved to serve. We are redeem to share the good news. Like Abraham, we are blessed to be a blessing.
When was the last time you blessed someone by your presence or story?
As the "sent people of God," we have to determine not IF we are sent, but rather to whom we are sent...
And of course, if we will actually go.