The third transformational loop described by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer is labeled Engage. It contains three elements, the third of which is Mission: Show Jesus Through Word and Action.
Good news and accompanying good deeds are like the two wings of an airplane. Each is incomplete without the other. Each complements the other. Each gives “lift” to the other. To study the life and ministry of Jesus is to study a tapestry woven of good news and good deeds.
Transformational churches create environments to present the gospel of Jesus Christ. They train, model, and create platforms to invite people to cross the line of faith and follow Jesus.
Transformational churches have found a way for the convergence of value and activities to result in something specific – transformed lives.
Transformational churches engage people in ministry within the church and mission outside the church.
TCs seem to have a greater number of people who share their faith out of the overflow of the rest of their Christian experience.
To live as a missionary is to live and work among the people.
Engaging Fully in the Mission
- Define success
- Providing personal leadership to believers
The mission of God does not progress unless people are talking about God’s mission to save.
Transformational churches multiply vibrant missionaries for the harvest.
In a TC the influence is on moving people from new to the mission to active on mission to leader in the mission
Mission is the opposite of self
The excerpts above are from the book "Transformational Churches" by Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer. TC is the result of a comprehensive study of thousands of churches where truly changing lives is the standard set for ministry.
The principles in Transformational Churches are powerful. If you want to "transform" your church, this is a great guide for the journey.