byon June 6, 2012
Live on-mission. Yes. What does that look like? Uh, I’m not quite sure.
I think a lot of us feel that way about living lives with gospel-intentionality. I recently read a couple of posts on the Verge Network, giving several simple ways to be missional in everyday life. If you haven’t seen their site, you should check it out. Below I’ve made a list of 10 simple ways to be missional with some ideas from these posts and a few of my own.
You don’t have to create moments of high-pressure, high-stakes evangelism. The key is to live with disciple-making intentionality, looking for opportunities to build relationships with those distant from God and communicate the gospel to them in some way as opportunities arise. Do you view your life through those lenses?
Do the same things you would normally do: go out to eat, watch movies, take your kids to do fun things, drink coffee, and talk. But instead of doing these things alone, invite people to do them with you, pay attention to those around you, and invite people into your life.
Here are 10 ideas to try:
- Start a regular guys/girls night at a local place (coffee shop, restaurant, etc.). Invite friends and neighbors.
- Allow your kids to play little league sports. Coach a team. Invite a friend to help.
- Invite your neighbors over for a dinner party or cook out.
- Host a kids movie night and invite a few families.
- Attend or volunteer at local city activities like festivals, parades, and holiday celebrations.
- Take your kids to the park regularly. Engage other parents and notice people.
- Go to a few restaurants a lot and at the same times and get to know the staff, owners, and regulars.
- Take the kids to events at the local library. (Here’s a link to our local library).
- Invite a neighbor to a sporting event or concert. Ride together.
- Meet and get to know the teachers at your kids’ school.