Why MAP? MAP Overview
"There is an old Christian tradition
that God sends each person into this world
with a special message to deliver,
with a special song to sing for others,
with a special act of love to bestow.
No-one else can speak my message,
or sing my song,
or offer my act of love.
These are entrusted only to me."
By John Powell in "Through the Seasons of the Heart"
The quote above is as true for each church, each group of Christians, as it is for each one of us individually as followers of Jesus. Each of us has a special part to play in the coming of God's kingdom here on earth as in heaven - through who we are and through what we do. So does each church or group of Christians.
What is more, our part to play, our songs to sing, the acts of love that we can bestow, will change throughout our lives - as God calls us in new ways at different times in our lives; as we share God's love in different places and with different people, with different needs and opportunities depending on where we are, and depending on our own life circumstances.
Discovering what God is calling us to be and to do over the years needs us to be open to God and listening to God, alert to new possibilities. Sometimes we will notice and respond easily, sometimes we need a nudge. So it is for churches and groups of Christians too!
"Mission Action Planning" is a reminder to us as individuals and as groups of Christians worshipping together as churches, to pause, prayerfully, periodically, to listen hard for what God is calling us to be and to do in the time and the place we are set.. and not just to listen but to act with faith and with focused intention so that the call can be lived out, the ideas become practical reality...
Mission Action Planning is a call to heartfelt, world-changing prayer:
"Your kingdom come on earth as in heaven"
- it's a risky, hope-filled prayer because God has a habit of saying "that's great - I hear your prayer - now help me do that...!"
"Mission Action Planning" is a reminder and invitation to prayer, to deep listening for God's call and invitation and...