Missional living: keeping it simple, keeping it real

If you want to engage in missional living you will enjoy this read.

Dei-liberations

Let me start this post by reminding readers that I think attentiveness is the key to participating in the mission of God. The missional church conversation begins and ends with the conviction that the mission is God’s and not ours to invent or manufacture. If it were ours to invent, then busyness would be the highest priority. But since it doesn’t belong to us, but to God, then paying attention is the highest priority. And the number one enemy to attentiveness is distraction born of busy-ness.

There is hardly anything in our culture that invites us to slow down, and the calls to fill our lives with as much as we can are everywhere. But this doesn’t deliver to us the real world. It delivers instead a world under the illusion of our control. In fact, it is a world wherein we serve the principalities and powers of this age–a…

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About Fred

Fred came to serve greater Williamsburg and WCC as lead pastor in October of 2010 and is grateful to be a part of the family. He is a husband, father, certified trauma professional, S.T.A.R. (strategies for trauma awareness & resilience) practitioner, community organizer, TEDx alum, founder of 3e Restoration, Inc. and co-owner of Philoxenia Culture LLC. He received his B.S. in Ministry/Bible at Amridge University and his Master’s of Religious Education in Missional Leadership from Rochester University. Currently he is a candidate for a Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology in at Northern Seminary in Chicago. Fred has also served as an adjunct professor for Rochester University and Regent University where taught courses in philosophy, ethics, leadership, pastoral care, intro to Christianity, and ethnography. He has also served as a guest lecturer on the subjects of racialized cultural systems, poverty, and missiology at various universities, such as William & Mary and Oklahoma Christian University. Fred has authored on book (Racialized Cultural Systems, Social Displacement and Christian Hospitality) and several curriculum offerings, including The FloorPlan: Living Toward Restoration & Resilience. Fred enjoys hanging out with his family anytime, anywhere. He is deeply grateful for how God graciously works through the Church in all her various forms, despite our brokenness. He is passionate about seeing the last, least, and lonely of every neighborhood, city and nation experience God’s in-breaking kingdom, and come to know Jesus as King. Oh, and his favorite season is Advent and Christmas. Fred is a founding member of the board of directors for Virginia Racial Healing Institute, a member of the leadership team for Williamsburg's local chapter of Coming to the Table, and a member of Greater Williamsburg Trauma-Informed Community Network's Racial Trauma Committee and Training Committee.
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