At church this week we watched the following video, an explanation of what ‘Missional Church’ is…
Here’s my question… Isn’t this a false dichotomy? Isn’t this trying to distinguish two aspects of the nature of church which go hand in hand? My feeling is that the church planting movement in recent years is focusing on trying to be ‘missional’ at the expense of being ‘attractional’.
There is a fair critique here of the ‘established’ church, that tends towards being a bit of a ‘show’, while members take a back seat. That’s an unwanted side-effect, but sadly a reality of church life. Why not keep a model that works – ie. large, attractional church, but within that focus on teaching and training church members to have a missional lifestyle?
Is there a best way to reach the world? Planting lots of small churches / gospel communities, or building a larger church to attract lots and effectively resource it’s members? Is one model better? Does one model work better in certain areas of the country?
Discuss… anyone got any experience of the two models in question as an approach to building God’s Kingdom?