Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Four Values Remix

I think I might have thought far enough on these values to justify another original post for further conversation. Here are four seemingly core values for incarnational / missional community that I'm eager to dialogue on:

1) Acts 2 Communal Living
("family" together in proximity vs. isolated individualism)
Matthew 12:46-50; Acts 2, Romans 12:10

2) Wholistic, Messianic Spirituality
(holiness in truth vs. dualism or carnal compromise)
Romans 12:1; Colossians 3:16-17; 1 Timothy 4:5

3) Incarnational, Process-Oriented Missionality
(strategic going & growing vs. program attractionalism, agenda-driven relationships, & non-strategic presence)
Gospels; Mark 12:34 (on process-oriented); 1 Corinthians 9:19-22

4) Gift-Based, Team-Functionality
(synergetic mutuality vs. institutional-power hierarchies)
Romans 12:3-13; Ephesians 4:10-12; 5:21

Interesting side-note, a recent post from Jerry talks about the strategic process for moving into such a missional lifestyle. Some of the thoughts on progressive emergence seem to parallel the order of these four values (e.g. begin by establishing communal connections). Randy Frazee also suggests strategic moves parallel to these values in his book, The Connecting Church.

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1 comment:

John Lynch said...

As I reflect on these, I find myself wondering about "heart" & "art"... two issues not directly addressed in the four values.

The heart is the single most talked about issue in the entire Bible. And art is a powerful underlying impulse (connected to the heart) that is present in everything God's hand touches. How do we articulate these raw realities in a way we can intentionally integrate them into our values?