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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Deconstructing & Reconstructing Missions

Both times I have been to the Nashville Emergent Cohort, I have been strengthened and challenged by the men and women around the table. Our facilitator is a youth worker named Dixon Kinser. Not only does he fit the "emo-rgent" mold, he is one smart cookie. His past two posts on his blog have been very helpful for me in regards to the idea of short term missions.

I don't want to take anything away from what Dixon said so I'll just say that you all should read his posts. The first looks at our current state of missions especially short term mission trips, and deconstructs what might hinder the true formational aspect of what missions mean. From the ashes of this demolition he constructs a healthy view of the term 'missions' and how churches can communicate this old idea in a different paradigm. Follow the links for more.

Deconstructing Short Term Missions Link

Reconstructing Short Term Missions Link