9 ways to be missional with your digital community #Digidisciple @mrblunders

Arrow of peopleThe word ‘missional’ is quite common amongst the current thinkers of the day and seems to mean a variety of things depending on who you talk to. Here is my take.

Jesus said that, “As the Father sent me, so I send you” (John 20:21). We are to live as Jesus lived – as a sent people who live everyday gospel orientated lives, staying awake to the presence of God and His work in the lives of others.  We are called to put into practice now what we will be doing in eternity – living Jesus centred lives.

My wife and I have spent time recently looking at how we do this as a community of believers. How can we encourage everyone within our communities to do this? How do we become more intentional in our living?  We want to be a people who live out this statement from Paul;

“Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!” (Philippians 4:4-5 MSG)

So here are 9 ideas to help us be more missional in one specific area of our lives, the use of digital media;

1)    Say Good Morning

Take the time to say hello to those who follow you, do this regularly and you’ll be surprised as to how the conversations develop.

2)    Be Regular

This works on many levels! But, one idea might be to find regular times when you get involved with your digital media streams – are there friends that also do the same? What is God doing right now?

3)    Speak Encouragement

Make it a daily practice to speak words of encouragement, blessing and wisdom into lives of those around you.

4)    Highlight God-given Creativity

Follow local artists, photographers, creative people – when you see something you like highlight it, comment on it, bring it to others attention.

5)    Join In

Spend some time finding out what is going on in your area. Try following your local council, tourist information and key people in your town. Find the local hashtag and join in with what is already happening in your patch.

6)    Share your Passion

Research the hashtags and fan pages of those who share your hobbies or passions. Join in and let others know what you are doing.

7)    Church Facebook/Twitter

Make it a regular thing during your week to get involved in your Churches pages. Highlight events, scripture, quotes, answered prayer and general everyday life activities. We are called to live as missionary communities – let us begin to show those around us that Church is more than just Sunday

8)    Be Real

Something that we are learning is the importance of our stories, God’s grace at work in all that we do. We need to be real with those around us – Jesus doesn’t magically solve all our problems in one fell swoop. We are an imperfect people, bringing God’s love, grace and call to repentance to a damaged world. We still suffer, we still hurt, but we have hope!

9)    Mention Jesus

We need to be sensitive to the Spirits prompting as to how and when we do this, but we are not ashamed of the Gospel! It’s all about Jesus. All of life is through Jesus and it is ultimately all for Jesus.

As we live as a sent people that engage with one another in all areas of our life, we create space for the Spirit to work through us.  The result, I believe will continually surprise us as our conversations, friendships and communities develop.

So, there are some thoughts, what about you? What would you add or change?  How could these ideas be transferred to your work place, your parenting or your home life?

To end I’ll quote from the recent Spring Harvest theme guide for 2012, “Church Actually”:

“The Church is the Church, both when it is gathered: for worship, disciple-making or other activities – and when it is scattered: dispersed into the million-and-one callings of all our daily lives.”

Let us be the church and live everyday as sent disciples of Jesus.

Grace and Peace,

Steve

About mrblunders

Steve Blundell (@MrBlunders) works part time for Living Stones Community Church, Eastbourne and part time as a guitar/music teacher. He reads and blogs quite a bit. Steve loves liturgy, the church, prayer and coffee. He is married to Susie and they have two sons. www.echoingjesus.com