Below is another helpful video produced by Bill Kinnon that captures a discussion between David Fitch and Gary Nelson on the value of the word “missional.” I particularly like how Fitch highlights four themes that need to be maintained for the word to continue to be valuable. Those themes include: 1) Post Christendom as the defining cultural position of the church in the West, 2) The Incarnational Logic of the church, 3) The idea of Witness as the primary mode of communicating the gospel in a post Christendom context, and 4) The concept of Missio Dei.
Most readers of this blog are already aware of Fitch’s work, but might not be as familiar with Nelson. I became aware of Gary Nelson’s work in Canada a few months ago as I read his excellent book “Borderland Churches: A Congregation’s Introduction to Missional Living” upon the recommendation of Len Hjlmarson. You can also learn more about Nelson on Bill’s post here. Be sure to check out additional videos from Bill on the Missional Channel page on Vimeo.