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Missional Church – Perry Noble

This post is taken from Perry Noble in it’s entirety – no part of this is mine!  But it is so good I wanted to share it with you today!

Your Church Isn’t Missional If… January 12, 2012

If you are the pastor/church leader who is running around declaring that your church is “missional,” then there’s a good shot your probably not.

Before you get angry let me ask a few questions…

  • Does Martha Stewart have to declare she is a good cook?
  • Does Drew Brees have to declare that he is a good quarterback?
  • Does Taylor Swift have to declare that she can sing?
  • Does Lebron James have to declare he can dunk a basketball?
  • Does B.B. King have to declare that he can play the blues?
  • Does John Grisham have to declare that he can write fiction really well?

The answer to these questions is a BIG FAT NO!!!  These people aren’t who they are because of what they are declaring, but rather because of what they are doing!!!

Anyone can declare that they can do something, but a really wise man (JESUS) once said that wisdom is proved right by actions (doing) and not merely by declaration!  (That is my paraphrase of Matthew 11:19)

If you church is missional then you don’t have to tell anyone, the world already knows.

And, if you are not missional then using that as a buzzword will not help!!!

The church needs to have less declaring and more doing; after all, didn’t that same really wise man say that the world would know we are His because of the way we love one another (see John 13:34-35)?

When a church is missional it never has to declare it to be so…it simply does what it does and the world around it is changed!

Leading by Example

One of the very first leadership lessons I learned was by observing a boss of mine.  Not only was he in charge according to the organization chart and he was the one who approved my pay and leave time – he was actually a leader by example.

This man actually walked the walk – not just talked the talk.  He jumped in and got his hands dirty when it was required.  He didn’t just tell me and others to do the things no one else wanted to do.

He had the tough conversations with staff as soon as they needed to be held.  He didn’t wait until situations got out of hand and were impossible to reign in.

He prepared for presentations and other public interactions – he didn’t just wing it.

He made sure he interacted with his organization on a daily basis – he knew what they were doing and what projects they were working on and what their suggestions were for a better organization and product.  He didn’t seclude himself from others or make it hard to meet with him.

He stood up for his followers (employees) – not just when things went awry as they sometimes do but publicly praised them regularly.

Perhaps most of all, this leader wanted those who were on his team to succeed – whether it was within his organization or beyond it.  He cared about people.

He led by example.  What kind of leader are you?