My Favourite Quotes: On Missional Church
From C.S. Lewis to John Wesley to Roland Allen to Tony Fitzgerald, here is part one of my favourite quotes on missional church…
“There exists in every church something that sooner or later works against the very purpose for which it came into existence. So we must strive very hard, by the grace of God to keep the church focused on the mission that Christ originally gave to it” (C.S. Lewis).
“Preach in as many places as you can. Start as many classes as you can. Do not preach without starting new classes … The devil himself desires nothing more than this, that the people of any place should be half-awakened and then left to themselves to fall asleep again. Therefore, I determine by the grace of God not to strike one stroke in any place where I cannot follow the blow” (John Wesley).
“By spontaneous expansion I mean something which we cannot control. And if we cannot control it, we ought … to rejoice that we cannot control it. For if we cannot control it, it is because it is too great, not because it is too small for us. The great things of God are beyond our control. Therein lies a vast hope. Spontaneous expansion could fill the continents with the knowledge of Christ: our control cannot reach as far as that. We constantly bewail our limitations: open doors un-entered; doors closed to us as foreign missionaries; fields white to the harvest which we cannot reap. Spontaneous expansion could enter open doors, force closed ones, and reap those white fields. Our control cannot; it can only appeal pitifully for more men to maintain control” (Roland Allen).
“Our Christology informs our missiology, which in turns determines our ecclesiology. If we get this the wrong way around and allow our notions of the church to qualify our sense of purpose and mission, we can never be the disciples of Jesus, and we can never be an authentic missional church” (Michael frost and Alan Hirsch).
“A Kingdom community begins to live by faith when it moves the things God has clearly said into the non-optional category” (Erwin McManus).
“Those seeking to engage the Christian faith in a postmodern context will often lack the resources, profile or success record of the Boomer congregations. By definition, they are new, untried, relatively disorganized and fearful of self-promotion. They reject the corporate model of their Boomer forebears, and thus do not appear, according to existing paradigms, to be significant. But don’t be fooled. Somewhere in the genesis and genius of these diverse groups is hidden the future of Western Christianity. To dismiss them is to throw away the seeds of our survival” (Gerard Kelly).
“A growing number of people are leaving the institutional church for a new reason. They are not leaving because they have lost their faith. They are leaving the church to preserve their faith” (Reggie McNeal).
“One of the greatest challenges that we need to answer is: are we the church or do we go to church?” (Tony Fitzgerald).