In June, the Resonate Global Mission Great Lakes regional team hosted discussions on the book Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians by Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw. About a dozen pastors gathered to discuss and dream together about helping churches move from a consumer to a missionary mentality.
We all agreed that this missional shift is far from easy, that it won’t happen quickly, and that it won’t happen at all without leaders who are intentionally moving us in that direction.
What motivates us to make these changes at all?
We are learning that part of the danger of Jesus’ call is found in being involved in restoring the world from situations that bring tears to our eyes and break the heart of God. Who of us is willing to count the cost and create safe spaces when our neighborhoods are distant from God’s dream and needing restoration? (page 113)
Our heart has to break for what breaks God’s heart. Through listening to the stories of our neighbors, we begin to learn about what “good news” looks like to them, and we hear God’s call to join the Spirit in this work of restoration. For example, when we listen to our neighbors who experience the injustices of racism on a daily basis in the United States, we develop a Christ-like love and compassion that prods us to set aside our discomfort to support movements of justice and reconciliation.