Is Your Church a Monument or Mission Station?

Have we, in our enthusiasm to get home to heaven, forgotten the fundamental reason for the church’s existence in the community?

Can be moved.

A mission station is not bound to any place or time. It can even be mobile and sees the horizon as its only obstacle. In fact, movability and taking it to where the people are is a key feature of a mission station culture.

Visited very frequently.

Because of its nature, a mission station will be frequently used because it is not seen as a part of one’s lifestyle, but as a lifestyle. The frequency of use is based on real needs and those needs being met, which is what makes it so popular. 

Has no sacred objects.

There are no sacred cows in a mission station. Everything is sacrificed—money, time, objects, space—all are dispensable to its guiding principle, which is the sacredness of life. Mission station thinkers will move heaven and earth to accomplish meeting this ideal.

Looking forward with anticipation.

If you are a part of a mission station culture, you will quickly realize that they don’t do a lot of dwelling on the past, as important as that may be in some instances. You will soon learn that it’s all about now and the future, and plans are always around this focus.

Surrounded by common sense and what works.

Nothing is off the table in a mission station culture. Adaptability and change is what they are about. There are no special rites of passage for relatives or the popular—if you have gifts, they will be used no matter what your status.

Honors the living.

Mission stations are all about the living. They recognize there is nothing that can be done for the dead, and move on to the living. The fact that people are dying at a rapid rate inspires mission station thinkers to move with haste and urgency to their task. 

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