My conversation with a few friends over lunch today really exited me!
It seems we live in a “go large”, “live it large”, “bigger is better”, “big bang” world. At some level, we are all influenced by this mantra.
What if the opposite were true? Perhaps it’s the small things that have a big impact that have more potential for creating and sustaining change. I think someone called this the ‘micro mouse’ approach. If not, I call dibs!
The Church Mission Society was recognised by the Church of England as an acknowledged community in 2009.
Since then CMS have been trying to communicate what this means in practice, to our staff, members, mission partners and supporters but so far with only some success. Using the analogy of aeroplanes, one observer noticed that there was a big gap between the “leading edge” and the “trailing edge”. He was referring to the message of community and the lived reality of our members.
At the lunch table today, some of us were pondering why this might be, and what we can do about it.
As the conversation unfolded, it occurred to us that we may have been going about this the wrong way. We were thinking in terms of grand gestures. What is the big thing we can do? What’s the big programme? What’s the big event? What’s the big communication campaign? What’s the big publication? What’s the big (re)structure?
Perhaps what’s needed is precisely the opposite! We should be asking instead: “what are the small things we can do to help each other experience ourselves as community?”
We went round the table, asking each other this question; and, the suggestions started rolling in. I could not contain my excitement!
I was so enthused; I rushed up to my PC to write this blog. My excitement wasn’t so much for the idea of going small – but for the really interesting suggestions. I would like to capture these. So, please put your ideas as replies to this blog and let’s see how we can act on them together.
In relation to becoming a Mission Community… what are the small things we can do that can potentially have a big impact?
So far, we’ve got:
“Have meals together. Don’t label it as community, just eat together.”
“Have coasters or beer mats made up, with a simple message.”
“Give out community badges or fridge magnets.”
“Visit each other.”
“Set up a Facebook page to pray for each other”.
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