Mission, Missional, and Missionary
I’ve read on some blogs lately about emerging, emergent, and emergence with lots of clarifying, defining, and justifying going on. Dan Kimball recently blogged about the definition of emerging church changing, and Scot McKnight started a discussion on Emerging vs. Emergent in June. Doug Pagitt does a video blog on Emerging and Emergent Church Distinction. It seems the current trend is toward more missional terminology, though many in the emerging church movement would probably self-identify as missional in one respect or another. I blogged about missional last year.
Some of my background and experience includes missionary training, so I’ve noticed much of the recent talk about missional seems old news to those who have been mission-minded all along. Which makes sense as we see culture in the West increasingly moving to a Post-Christendom context where the Christian church and faith are no longer in the center of society, but on the margins. I’m curious what others are thinking about all this terminology, especially the terms mission, missional, and missionary.
**And my research begins! Found a great synchroblog on “What is Missional”