Sometimes I talk with people who think missional church is the same thing as a church having a "missions" program or department. But that’s not it at all. In a great post, Blind Beggar says this:
A missional church is not a church with a “good missions program.”
The people are the missions program and includes going to “Jerusalem,
Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Other times I talk with people who think the missional church can be equated with having a hip, postmodern church service. But candles and cool hair do not make a missional church. Missional church is a paradigm shift, not just a cosmetic change. It’s not simply repainting the car, it’s replacing the engine. It’s not just adding on to the living room, it’s changing the foundation of the whole house.
It’s taking the red pill and seeing how deep the rabbit hole goes.
The shift in thinking goes a lot deeper than most people think, and challenges almost every pre-supposition of the "church growth" AND "church health" movements. If we don’t take the time and effort to let the virus of the missional church to fully infect our thinking, we are in danger of implementing shallow band-aid solutions to problems that demand open-heart surgery. We’ll need to patient with the process and let the new paradigm really get into us, or we’ll just end up creating another missions program or "postmodern service", convincing ourselves we’re re-outfitting the car with a new engine, when in reality we’re simply giving it a fresh coat of paint.