Discerning My Present Mission
in the Wider World
1. What has God been doing about the conditions in the society, culture, economy, or government of our county, state, nation, or world or the environment? What message am I getting about it? This is the broadest of categories so choose the area that seems most important to you or that you see yourself most moved to address. Try a response beginning with: "I believe God is . . . ."
2. As I think about God's message, what is my vision or goal for how I want life to be in this mission field?
3. What am I doing right now to make this vision or goal a reality?
4. What do I still need to do? As a good starting point, think of where you need to bring or to increase caring or love, fairness or justice. Take into account your gifts, limitations, and convictions.
5. What, specifically, will I do or continue to do to make my vision or goal a reality? Limit yourself to just one positive change. This is or will be your mission in the wider world.
6. Whom do I need to work with me to achieve this change; and how will I talk about the change I want to make? Think of this task as a team effort. For the best results, you will probably need to work with one or more others to achieve this change. Consider how you might word this mission in a way that will appeal to a specific potential teammate. Answer with the person's name and words you might actually use. (When you actually start your team building, you will find detailed help on Basic Tools 10.)
7. As I recruit and work with my teammate and when the time is right, what could I say about how I see that what we are doing is or can be part of God's mission? Answer with words you might actually use.
8. As we work together for this needed change and when the time is right, how could I encourage my teammate to seek help in church life? Answer with words you might actually use.
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