Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mission Practicum

Message, Mark 6.7-13, with Genesis 12.1-4, on July 15Listen or download the audio file.
Enter with my standard daily baggage ... computer bag, document case, water bottle, book
"Are you moving in?"
The twelve are sent out 2 x 2 to practice the missional life
but take no bread, no bag, no money, no extra shirt
3 Reflections . . .
the resources for the mission are in the mission field itself
the most important resources are PEOPLE (leadership devel)
become dependent ... find yourself dependent on God – that’s faith
become insecure ... your securities have become your limitations
become empty ... the better to offer Jesus alone
become poor ... and find yourself truly resource-ful
not simply in terms of being creative, but also in terms of GRACE

the past, whether success or failure, does not travel with us
leave your baggage behind!
success: a soccer move, too often repeated
transparency – you can’t hide when living with other people
3 Stories . . .
Abraham (story with the kids, Genesis 12.1-4)
Maya Angelou’s story (p 21-24)
Mrs. Annie Johnson (her grandmother), Arkansas, 1903
"I looked up the road I was going and back the way I come,
and since I wasn’t satisfied,
I decided to step off the road and cut me a new path" (p 22)
cotton gin and lumber mill
meat dumplings for a nickel, 3cents cooled down at the other factory
Francis Asbury
transparency, live among
supply, in the mission
Conclusion: Live with one foot raised
Jesuit tradition, affairs ordered, life simplified, leave in 24 hours
Maya Angelou. 1993. Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now. New York: Random House.
And, online biography of Angelou:
John Wigger. 2009. American Saint: Francis Asbury & the Methodists. Oxford: University Press.
On the Jesuits: Chris Lowney. 2003. Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World. Chicago: Loyola Press.

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