Missional Focus Week – Day 3

This week we’re trying to prime the pump for ideas of ways that we can collectively reach the UIC Area with the gospel. Here are 8 ways anyone can be missional:

1.) Eat with non-Christians. We all eat three meals a day. Why not make a habit of sharing one of those meals with a non-Christian or with a family of non-Christians? Go to lunch with a co-worker, not by yourself. Invite the neighbors over for family dinner. If it’s too much work to cook a big dinner, just order pizza and put the focus on conversation. When you go out for a meal, invite others. Have cookouts and invite Christians and non-Christians.

2.) Walk, don’t drive. The beauty of the city is that it’s designed to be walkable. So make a practice of getting out and walking around the UIC Area. Instead of driving, walk to get the mail, groceries, and other stuff. Be deliberate in your walk. Say hello to people you don’t know. Strike up conversations. Attract attention by walking the dog or bringing the kids. Make friends. Get out of your house! Take interest in your neighbors. Ask questions…. Pray as you go.

3.) Be a regular. Instead of hopping all over the city for gas, groceries, haircuts, meals, and coffee, go to the same places in the UIC Area. Get to know the staff. Go at the same times. Smile. Ask questions. Be a regular.

4.) Hobby with nonChristians. Pick a hobby that you can share. Get out and do something you enjoy with others. Try local Park District sports leagues. Share your hobby by teaching lessons. Teach sewing, piano, violin, guitar, knitting, or tennis. Be prayerful. Be intentional. Be winsome. Have fun. Be yourself.

5.) Talk to your coworkers. How hard is that? Take your breaks with intentionality. Go out with your team or taskforce after work. Show interest in your co-workers. Pick four and pray for them. Form moms’ groups in the neighborhood and don’t make them exclusively Christian. Schedule play dates for your kids with the neighbor’s kids. Work on mission.

6.) Volunteer with nonprofits. Find a nonprofit organization in the neighborhood and take one Saturday a month to serve there. Bring your neighbors, your friends, or your small group. Spend time with your church serving your city. Once a month.

7.) Participate in city events. Instead of playing Xbox, watching TV, or surfing the net, participate in city events. Go to fundraisers, festivals, clean-ups, summer shows, and concerts. Participate missionally. Strike up conversation. Study the culture. Reflect on what you see and hear. Pray for the city. Love the city. Participate with the city.

8.) Serve your neighbors. Help a neighbor by weeding, mowing, building a cabinet, or fixing a car. Stop by the neighborhood association or apartment office and ask if there is anything you can do to help improve things. Ask your local police and fire stations if there is anything you can do to help them. Get creative.

Adapted from Jonathan Dodson, “Eight Ways to Easily Be Missional,” April 7, 2009, Church Planting Novice.

Are you starting to get some ideas?