Category: missiology

This is one of my first blog posts a long time ago.  I was re-looking at it and thought it was quite interesting inlight of how the emerging church, mission has developed, also since I have done a degree in youth work.  Moreover, with Mark Oestreicher’s Youth Ministry 3.0.

Mark Driscoll the pastor of Mars Hill Church Seattle, USA, has a really interesting post here on Church 3.0. I have put the post into a grid to see the different ‘grades’ of church side by side:




In this version, the church is traditional and institutional…

Today’s dominant church form is contemporary and seeker-sensitive…

This incarnation of the church emerging and missional…

The cultural context is modern.

The cultural context is somewhere between modern and postmodern.

The cultural context is postmodern and pluralistic.

The church expects to have a privileged place in the larger culture.

A culture war is being fought to regain a lost position of privilege.

The church accepts that it’s marginalized in culture.

Pastors are servants and teachers.

Pastors are CEOs.

Pastors are local missionaries.

The whole church are local missionaries.

Church services are marked by traditions most comforting to Christians, such as choirs, robes, hymnals, and organs.

Church services recycle 1980s and 1990s pop culture, such as acoustic guitars and drama, in an effort to attract non-Christian seekers.

Church services blend ancient forms and current local styles.

Do we have to have ‘Church services’?

Missions involves sending Americans and dollars overseas through denominations and missions agencies.

Missions is a church department that organizes overseas trips and funding.

Missions is “glocal” (global and local).

Along with the emergence of Church 3.0, an escalating debate is being raised over such cultural issues as sexuality and gender, as well as theological issues such as the atonement and hell. In the coming months this column will further explore the emerging controversies and trends of Church 3.0.

I have found this a really interesting post and has got me thinking about Youth Ministry 3.0:

  • What would that look like?
  • How would Youth Ministry 3.0 fit into Church 3.0?
  • How can church/Youth ministry 2.0 move to 3.0?

I think that Youth Ministry if often the first area to upgrade in a church and so often is already 3.0, but the rest of the church is still 1.0/2.0…



mission is….

In a previous post a wile ago, I had been smitten by Mark Driscoll’s (from Mars Hill Church, Seattle, USA & Acts 29 Church Planting Network) new book: Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church (Leadership Network Innovation). In the book he talks about the Missional Ministry Matrix being: 1. our Christology determines how we do our 2. Ecclesiology this determines our 3. Missiology and this then determines how we do 4. Ministry.

Over the last year of being a student with Bristol Center for Youth Ministry as well as working with Richard Passmore on Church on the Edge I come to have a 2.0 paradigm shift with my Missiology/Ecclesiology.

Our Ecclesiology has to be birthed our of our Missiology. If we start with a church then I can’t see how we can do true mission. We will already have set ideas and structures in place. So the mission group will have to fit into a ’round hole’ to ‘do’ church. Yet if we start with the mission group, and form church around them, we would hopefully be working together to create something brand new that would be true to the culture we were reaching.

I know that there would be lots of concerns about this, once again it is a threat to power, the ways things have always been done. This Missiology/Ecclesiology could get out of hand, could go ‘South’. Yes…it could. But, for so long we have been trying to change the church formulas to get them in and mission of sorts has been shaped out of these formulas. Maybe its time that we gave mission a chance to lead the way and see what creative, new and amazing churches could be birthed.

One of the most helpful and practical things that I have ever read regarding ministry was in Mark Driscoll’s (from Mars Hill Church, Seattle, USA & Acts 29 Church Planting Network) new book: Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church (Leadership Network Innovation).

So I decided to start to look at the four areas of the Missional Ministry Matrix (MMM):

1. Christology
2. Ecclesiology
3. Missiology
4. Ministry

Through looking at these four areas, it will not only help me think though my current youth work but also future church planting.