Six simple ways to be missional

// Tim Chester has just posted over at The Resurgence six great, and simple, suggestions for mission rhythms in our lives. I’ve pasted the headings below and would encourage you to follow the link for further, brief, explanations.

6 Simple Ways

  1. Eat with other people
  2. Work in public places
  3. Be a regular
  4. Leave the house in the evenings
  5. Serve your neighbours
  6. Share your passion

Do you have any other simple tips & rhythms to recommend?

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Having lunch with the neighbours

// Loving a neighbourhood can be hard at times. Burglaries, sheds being broken into, noise, anti-social behaviour, litter and more can make just living in some neighbourhoods tough, let alone loving a neighbourhood. And yet, for me, Jesus modelled the way to live. The Bible puts it this way, describing the grand, cosmic event when God rolled up his sleeves, got mucky and became a baby boy:


The Word [Jesus] became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood.
John 1:14 (The Message)


I love that, love it! It’s an idea that has changed my life forever and continues to change the lives of the Mosaic community we are part of. For Steph and I, it’s also caused a love revolution in us that has shown itself by a growing love for the neighbourhood that we are part of, warts and all, and a desire to be part of bringing change, little by little, to it.

Last year, Mosaic hosted a Big Lunch in our back garden, that I blogged about, and to sow the seeds of an idea with our neighbours about having a full-on Big Jubilee Lunch street party for our road this year. If you’ve never heard of the Big Lunch I said this about it:

The idea behind the Big Lunch is a simple one: encourage your local community to have lunch together one Sunday. It could be a full-on ‘street-party’ affair or a smaller, simpler one, like a picnic in a park. Whatever it looks like, the aim is simply to bring communities together: and it’s that, ‘community’, that is so often lacking in neighbourhoods, at least in our road.

And so, last weekend, we ‘got busy’ with our neighbours, brought a little bit of change to the street and had some fun! Continue reading

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The Crowded House

// A few years ago, Steph and I had a life changing 5 days hanging out with a bunch of Jesus’ followers in Sheffield, England, who were part of a community called The Crowded House. To say the experience had a seismic effect on our understanding of community, mission and culture would be an understatement.

If you are new to this great bunch of people the book Total Church: A Radical Reshaping Around Gospel and Community is a great place to start, written by two of their leaders. They’ve also just posted the video below that explains their vision and life together. Check it out!

(HT Tim Chester)

I also discovered three other gems on their Vimeo channel that unpack their vision and values further under the ideas of community, mission and word, through interviews with people in the community. Grab a cuppa and enjoy. Continue reading

Fancy a Big Lunch?

// Yesterday was a big day for our neighbourhood. I mentioned a few months ago that Mosaic were trying to organise a Big Lunch for our road.

The idea behind the Big Lunch is a simple one: encourage your local community to have lunch together one Sunday. It could be a full-on ‘street-party’ affair or a smaller, simpler one, like a picnic in a park. Whatever it looks like, the aim is simply to bring communities together: and it’s that, ‘community’, that is so often lacking in neighbourhoods, at least in our road.

So, how did it go? Continue reading

Soma Communities

// Once in a while you watch something that strikes a profound chord. Something that causes you to jump about, laugh, cry, and shout, all at the same time. For me, this was one such video. All about Soma Communities.

This is how I want to live.

This is how I want my family to live.

This is how I want others to live.

This is what I want to give my life for.

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Neighbourhood longevity

// I came across this great clip from an interview with Mike Frost answering the question “Who is the greatest?” In it there are some real gems about long-term relationships in neighbourhoods and the part Jesus’ followers should be playing in that. One of my hopes and dreams for Mosaic is that we imbibe this dynamic and serve 18-30s in Southampton over the long-term. Hit and run isn’t on God’s agenda; neither should it be on ours.

Connected with this Exilio have been musing how to get on board and encourage theBigLunch initiative in our local communities. The basic idea is to encourage local communities to get together for lunch on one Sunday in June in order to help rebuild that lost sense of community many urban regions of the UK face. It’s a fantastic idea and something many people in our street would be up for so I’ll keep you posted if it develops. Why not get stuck in with theBigLunch in your locality?