Have we, in our enthusiasm to get home to heaven, forgotten the fundamental reason for the church’s existence in the community?
A mission station will change, adapt and offend if necessary for what it believes in if that means positive long term outcomes. It is versatile and has the needs of the many, which outweigh the needs of the few, as its basis.
Broad in its focus.
Mission stations are based on the needs of others, and so this necessitates that it be broad in focus. It cannot afford to be a stingy, penny-pinching or conservative culture when it comes to meeting needs. Where there is a need, it must be met—end of story.
Can perform many different functions.
Adaptability and a willingness to relook or rethink the way things are done is a hallmark of the mission station. Mission stations are not bound by time, resources or space. They will be seen in all types of circumstances, in all kinds of cultures, seeking to breach the gap between those who have and those who do not have what they are offering.
So here we are at the end of the world. What better time to reassess our churches and see if they are up to the task of transforming into mission stations from a monument culture. I’m a big believer in holding ground, but that’s only part of the Gospel direction given to us by Jesus.
Are the majority of our churches in your city monuments or mission stations?
Maybe take a drive past your church at night this week and ask yourself, “Do I belong to a monument or mission station church?” It could be the beginning of something fantastic!