My name is Debbie Westover, and I made this blog as a way of sharing my reflections. This blog was started as a way of writing my thoughts during the time of Lent 2011, and I have continued this blog as a way to share my reflections, random thoughts, struggles, and joys during my time with Mission Year. The name of the blog is Mission Living, which underlies the purpose of my reflections.
Missional means, according to the Oxford-English Dictionary, “relating to or connected with a religious mission; missionary.” Misson being the noun and missional the adjective. Mission is defined as “an important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, typically involving travel.” The Latin root is missio, which means a “sending, despatching”. Miss- a verb meaning “sent” and -io forms the verb into a noun.
The terminology used when saying “missional living” stems from the doctrine of Missio Dei, which means “sending of God”. The belief is that missions and missional living are not actions of the church, rather it is the church living out God’s mission and purpose in the world. David J. Bosch (a missionary from the Dutch Reformed Church) is quoted saying, “Mission is thereby seen as a movement from God to the world; the church is viewed as an instrument for that mission. There is church because there is mission, not vice versa. To participate in mission is to participate in the movement of God’s love toward people, since God is a fountain of sending love” (Transforming Mission, 389-390).
This classical doctrine focuses on the feature that God sent His Son, God and His Son sent the Spirit, and God, the Son, and the Spirit send the church into the world to share His love:
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Matthew 28: 18-20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Acts 1:7-8 “He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the