Think Missionary

I am re-reading Total Church – A Radical Reshaping Around Gospel and Community by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. In the first chapter, “Why Gospel?”, the authors write words that each of us as Christ-followers should seriously contemplate.


“We sometimes ask people to imagine they are part of a church-planting team in a cross-cultural situation in some other part of the world:

  • What criteria would you use to decide where to live?
  • How would you approach secular employment?
  • What standard of living would you expect as pioneer missionaries?
  • What would you spend your time doing?
  • What opportunities would you be looking for?
  • What would your prayers be like?
  • What would you be trying to do with your new friends?
  • What kind of team would you want around you?
  • How would you conduct your meeting together?

We find it easier to be radical in our thinking when we transplant ourselves outside our current situation. But we are as much missionaries here and now as we would be if we were part of a cross-cultural team in another part of the world. Mission is central to us wherever we are. These are the kind of questions we should be asking wherever we go.”

(Total Church, page 33)


You can purchase Total Church here.

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2 Comments on “Think Missionary”

  1. Have you read any of Frank Viola’s books?

    • tangiblethoughts Says:


      Thanks for your comment.

      I have not read any of Frank’s books, but I have read a couple of articles that he has written.


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