Justin Hiebert

Catalyzing Change

The Missional Sweet Spot (part 1)

Posted on 17 Mar 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

We all want to be faithful in our life of following Jesus, we all want to be encouraging and life-giving to those around us, and we all want to be effective at making disciples.

But for many, the question is how?

There is something that I’ve started calling the Missional Sweet-spot that can help us:

 

Simple overview of the missional sweet spot

What we see from these three circles is the influences around us our opportunities (or barriers) for mission. There are three essential components to faithful, missional living: Christ, Congregation, and Community

  • Christ: To live on mission, is to join God in his plan to restore and redeem all things. Salvation is a precursor to missional living. A continuing and growing relationship with Jesus is also vital. Salvation is not a past experience, but a present reality.
  • Congregation: The church. The gathering. The koinonia. The body of believers. Whatever you want to call it, life and participation with a gathered group of believers for prayer, worship, and encouragement is vital.
  • Community: The places where we live and work, our neighborhood. Life in these places is no accident. Too often, the church has been guilty of calling people out of these places so that they can ‘go to church’ rather than equipping them to live where God has rooted them. Life here is the outworking of life on mission.

These three categories are important, but are in danger of going awry if we don’t have a good understanding of each and work to maintain a balance. Over the next week, we are going to begin unpacking these three areas and ways to grow in faithfulness and mission as you go and make disciples.

I’m looking forward to the journey and I hope you are too.

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Got questions or thoughts you want considered? Leave them below in the comments section and we’ll answer them during the series!

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Justin Hiebert

Leadership Catalyst - Entrepreneur - Coach at JSHiebert Leadership Coaching
I am a Business and Life Coach in both non-profit and for profit settings. I coach leaders, executives, and pastors in areas of vision, clarity, and values. In relationship coaching I focus on healthy and sustainable relationships, and in leadership development roles I catalyze change for individuals and groups to thrive. I also consult churches and organizations on how to train new leaders and create a healthy culture. In addition to that, I am an Anabaptist pastor in the Denver metro area. I specialize on topics that include: missional theology, discipleship, culture and the church in today’s society. I am married to my wonderful wife Elise and we have three kids. I grew up and now work in the United States Mennonite Brethren Church (USMB) and love the people and history of the Mennonite Brethren faith. I am a graduate of Tabor College with a dual degree in Youth Ministry and Christian Leadership, a graduate of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary with a Masters of Divinity, and a Doctoral Student and Bethel Seminary. I also teach college classes in areas of Bible, Communication, and Business.

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