As we continue to look at Children’s Ministry in a Missional Paradigm, I want to make sure that the term “missional” is adequately understood and explained. We’ve looked at a couple of other explanations of missional here and here. I think the idea of third culture sums up missional pretty well and highlights the characteristic of being applicable in a variety of different contexts.
Now, what does children’s ministry look like when it strives to help children and families take on this mindset of living out the Great Commandment (loving God and loving others) even in the midst of discomfort and pain in and beyond their cultural contexts? That is what the next part of this series will try to flesh out.
What are your thoughts? What does a “third culture” children’s ministry look like? How does it feel? What does it do? What is in it’s DNA?
BTW, another place to enter into this conversation is at The Origins Project. The Origins Project is a new network of people and churches looking to figure out what it means to live missionally and yet still be true to Scripture. Join the community section and then join the Third Culture Children’s Ministry Group.