By Jill Disbro, EMC Program Coordinator
Mission trip, mission experience, mission church. Missionary, missional church, missional living. We throw around the word mission in so many context and in so many ways, but when do we consider what mission really means. The Episcopal Mission Center is a ministry focused on missional living; it is stated right in the mission statement: “We seek to instill missional living in youth and young adults.” So what the heck is this missional living thing all about?
On April 15-16th EMC staff attended the inaugural Missional Voices Conference. There they presented an exhibit table on the work of the EMC and heard from courageous leaders in the missional church. They learned about the creative ministries these leaders are a part of and how they seek to encounter people where they are at, beyond the four walls of the church. Here are some of the missional voices we heard:
“Jesus is in the building and has left the building. God’s mission is on the move.” - Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation
“Washing someone’s clothes is the modern day footwashing, you get down and be with the people where they are at”- Christian Kassoff of Laundry Love, a laundromat ministry of washing clothes for people experiencing homelessness
“Why do I do this? Because I can’t NOT do it.”- Sara Shisler Goff, Co-Pastor of the Slate Project
“The Bible is dangerous as an equalizer, in the hands of ordinary people”- Winnie Varghese, Director of Community Outreach at Trinity Wall Street
How are you part of God’s mission? How do you engage in missional living?