Kevin Rains is further ahead than most of us, yet he shares this caution:
Gordon Cosby said something a few years back that haunts me. He said that in all his years of service he has never (and he emphasized ‘never’) seen a group go from community to mission. Rather, he said one should organize around mission and community will follow. I’m paraphrasing but that is the basic idea. This haunts because most things I have done over the past 10 years have been attempts to create community that will eventually be on mission together.
Note to self: As much as I long to be emergent, I must focus on being missional. The rest will take care of itself.