My friend Hugh Halter, National Director of Forge America, has created a very practical resource for missionary engagement. At Forge we believe every neighborhood is now a missionary context, not unlike faraway places like Spain, Italy, Iceland or Nova Scotia. And in a pure missionary context the church can no longer ask the culture to act the part of the missionary and come to us and our church services. We must be the sent ones. We must be the missionaries.
So where does a good missionary start in any and all contexts? They must start where the culture is and find ways to create neutral, enjoyable, space where humans can connect, identify, and learn the context of each other’s stories. That is how we contextualize the gospel. And this is exactly why, as Alan Hirsch has said, “Party is sacrament.”
So what can you do?