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Missional Practices – Acting Your Way Into A New Way of Behaving

I was talking with Alan Hirsch as we worked together on chapter six of our recent book, On The Verge. That chapter explains the necessary missional practices a church must adopt if they are going to mobiilze their people for mission. It was during that conversation Alan said, “80% of all people act their way into a new way of believing and behaving.”  I asked him to repeat it.  He said, “Yeah, 80% of all people act their way into a new way of believing and behaving.”  

Since that time I have thought about that single statement no less than a thousand times.  Over and over again I’ve mulled what he said and wondered how do I get my people to act their way into a new way of believing and behaving regarding the mission of Jesus?

 After pondering this statement I’ve come to two conclusions:

  • First, I think Alan made up the 80% part. Did you know that 85% of all stats are made up on the spot? 🙂  
  • Secondly, for a shift to happen that mobilizes all people for mission in a church there needs to be a culture so strong in that church that it insists you do mission long before you completely understand the mission or are sure you are even a part of the mission.  And the way that you establish a strong culture like that is through consistent simple missional practices that everyone believes and does.

I have some thougths that I wil share over the next week or so.  But here is my question for you?  What are some simple missional practices that would allow people to act their way into a new way of believing and behaving.  Please leave a comment.  I would love to discuss this with you.

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Dave's role at Community is Lead pastor, which means he is responsible for providing the visionary leadership for both the church and NewThing, a network of reproducing churches. He loves working with the remarkable group of leaders and artists that make up his staff. He is married to an amazing woman and friend, Sue, and is crazy about his three kids - Amy, Josh & Caleb. With his extra time, he loves coaching the kids' sports teams, running, reading and writing.