Wednesday, July 29, 2009

ways into small missional community [2] what's the big idea?

Here's the second of the posts I'm doing for the CMS Small Missional Communities group on the Kindling network.

If you are reading this I guess that you may have come to some sort of realisation that you want to bring something new into being! Your imagination has been excited by the possibility of following Christ in the company of others, in a way that engages creatively with your culture and emerges from your setting [and there'll be more on working with our setting in another post soon].

A really good question to ask now is this - what’s the big idea? What are you aiming to create? And how you can you express this simply?

One way to access this is to come up with what Robin Yourston calls the ‘elevator conversation’. Here’s how it works: imagine you get into a lift [the elevator] and you bump into someone you know who asks you what you are doing - and so you’ve got, say 30 seconds max between floors to tell the beginning of this new story. What will you say?

Try to write or draw what this big idea is. Aim for simplicity. If you use Twitter, you might try to write in 140 characters what you are looking to bring into being. Or if you use SMS try to come up with a single text message.

Give it a try. My experience is that the big idea will evolve over time, but even at an early stage you will have the beginnings of this big idea within you. This is potentially a really helpful was of getting started - through telling the story to yourselves and others, and focussing on what is really important.

So what’s your big idea?

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