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 . . .
Resources
the resources for the mission are in the mission field itself
the most important resources are PEOPLE (leadership devel)
Risk
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

Relationships
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
incarnation
supply, in the mission
Conclusion: Live with one foot raised
Jesuit tradition, affairs ordered, life simplified, leave in 24 hours
 
 
Resources:
Maya Angelou. 1993. Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now. New York: Random House.
And, online biography of Angelou:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_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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