Thursday, April 26

Mega versus Missional

"Who are we going to be as a ministry?"

This question keeps popping up around me.

In InterVarsity in South Florida, we're re-charting our course. Our ministry has been here for a long time. On most campuses, we got there first, have been there longer, have spent more money and time on these campuses than anyone else. But we're still changing direction.

I don't know what the campus ministry scene was like down here 30 years ago. I don't know what the church scene was like. But I've noticed something interesting about the way various ministries are positioned today.

Most campus ministries in South Florida are following a mega-church model. Well-funded, expertly staffed, these ministries are able to put on programming that attracts students. And I deeply appreciate them.

Right now, though we're a big group in the Area, we're the small fish in the pond when it comes to particular campuses. We have less money, fewer Staff and a preference for unreached and under-served students. And God is doing great things through our Groups.

So, we're going to dive in to the missional model.

Our posture will shift from "come" to "go."
Our preference will shift from "building" to "planting."
Our strategy will shift from "attractional" to "incarnational."
Our metric focus will shift from "number of students" to "number of Groups."
Our staffing model will shift from "full time, paid" to "part time and volunteer."

I have no idea if it will work, but it's exciting.

Missional versus Mega
Mega versus Missional - Who will we be?
Right now, we're the blue dot.

Will we go toward the pink, which is where most of the other Groups are?

Or will we head toward the green and the yellow and break into new territory?

4 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Praying for you and IV in South Florida. I love it, and want to help make it work.

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    1. Thanks, Matt! Your willingness to be present in the community is a big inspiration to me. I feel like you're one lap ahead of me, identifying hurdles we'll encounter as we make this shift.

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  2. I like that. Entertainment often comes at the expense of solitude, and can leave folks surprisingly empty despite the initial attraction.

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    1. I think you're really on to something, Stephan.

      Solitude and silence are really absent from American spirituality, especially in our megachurches. But some have said that solitude and silence are necessary ingredients for a life of deep communion and community.

      Are solitude and silence a part of your spiritual practice? How do you find space for solitude and silence with your bustling family?

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