(picture taken from RedwoodPark.org)
I’ve been struggling for the past couple of years about how to make missions more than just an aside in the life of the kids I minister to. This past Saturday, I posted up some thoughts about teaching kids about missions vs. helping them to live out mission on Twitter. Here they are:
- What would it look like to move beyond teaching children about missions to helping children live out mission?
- Teaching missions compartmentalizes faith and action, whereas living out mission gives rise to an holistic view of faith and action.
- Teaching missions is about bringing beauty and light “over there.” Living mission is about seeing beauty and light everywhere and revealing it.
- When we teach about missions, it becomes something only some do. When we live out mission, it’s something we are all a part of.
- Missions is something “extra” or “added” or “separate” from what we teach kids weekly. Mission is part of our lives locally and globally.
I’m all for missions, I just think we need a better perspective.
What are your thoughts? Do you teach missions to your kids? How do you do it? Do you tie missions into mission? Am I making a mountain of a mole hill?