Friday, May 19, 2006

Vendor vs Missional

I'm not sure where I came across this definition distinguishing between evangelism from a vendor perspective vs evangelism with a missional perspective, but as the kickoff for the Partnership for Missional Church draws near, it is worth consideration...

In vendor churches, evangelism appeals to seekers focusing on their individual needs. Salvation is portrayed as a personal experience where God is invited to become a part of “my life.” In contrast, evangelism rooted in notions of the mission of God invites persons to abandon lives focused on their own interests to join the work of God for the sake of the world. Instead of viewing salvation as inviting God into “my life,” missional evangelism invites participants into God’s life—a life that is communal by its very nature.


Deana Nall said...

THAT Craig Gray? My high school principal? Funny who you run across in blog land!

Deana (Hamby) Nall

Craig said...

Indeed, THAT Craig HS principal days seem like another lifetime ago.