Yes this is my top drawer of my desk. Full of essentials for my work and life. It was an unplanned snapshot of exactly how it is today. The sticky notes seem to take precedence, but in there you can see such vital items as pens, paper clips, scissors, highlighters etc. There are always some random things too – the wire that doesn’t appear to attach to anything in particular and the purple earphones that nobody likes.
How do we prepare ourselves for life and for our life in the church? It can be hard to be resourced correctly. Sometimes it can feel like we are way off target. When we ask ourselves “How am I going to ensure I have what I need?”; sometimes the answer is straightforward. For a fried egg, we need eggs, a frying pan, some oil and a spatula. For a walk in the rain, we need good shoes, a waterproof and maybe a map so we don’t get lost. More complex parts of life need more thinking about, more planning and, often, more experience to really feel fully prepared for.
This is true for our mission as a church – there can be so many formulae, blueprints, projects and visions, that we end up not having a clue which resources we actually need. For the next part of this blog, we will be looking at 12 Mission Essentials. From the beginning of 2018, we will take one essential each week and see where it takes us. We will explore it and try to see how it can enhance our mission together. They are intended as a provocation and encouragement to action. There may be some lightheartedness along the way, but our mission as churches is a serious one. Here we will try to ensure that we have the resources that we need. Are you ready for the journey of Christian mission? In your community? In your church? In your life? Well, for that journey, we may need some of the following Mission Essentials:
- A Good Idea
- The Meeting
- Social Media
- A Good Ear
- The Plan
- The Arts
- A Destination
Maybe you’ll join me on the journey? I hope so, as feedback and a discussion is always welcomed. Have a great Christmas adventure, and see you in the New Year.