Missiologist and author Michael Frost was in Portland this last week, and Krista and I were invited to go over to our Pastor's house and get to know him and his wife, Carolyn, a bit over dinner. There were maybe twenty of us there, and after dinner we sat in the living room and talked about "missional church" and what that means in a Western, post-modern context. It was an interesting conversation, especially as we talked about the difference between church communities that use worship as the engine for what they do versus communities that use mission.
I read Michael's book ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church last week, which I thoroughly enjoyed and can gladly recommend.
Then, on Sunday, Michael spoke at our church. To get a feel for what he means when he talks about "missional" you can listen to his talk here. I thought his talk was exceptional, and that God really spoke through him. Our pastor shared his thoughts about Michael's sermon this week as well. SARAH ATKINSON -- click on that link to see which of your favorite authors Michael Frost used to end his sermon.
Michael and Carolyn are touring the U.S. for the next couple of weeks, so if you get a chance to go say hello you should do it. They're in San Francisco this week, so we got to suggest some of our favorite places for them to go hang out and have a meal and some coffee.