The purpose of this project is to examine whether a missional experiment can develop into a committed missional endeavor through these three practices: hospitality, reflection upon the action taken, and dwelling in Scripture. In order to stimulate missional commitment, a team of leaders from Coast Vineyard in San Diego (hereafter, Coast) have engaged their neighbors in the context of a local library by practicing shared hospitality, followed by times of reflection and dwelling in Scripture.
In order to evaluate and assess whether the three practices had formed the leaders, I utilized markers provided by Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk as guidelines: confidence, missional culture being embedded in the leaders, and the internalization of missional frameworks.1 From this point forward in the project, the meetings of the team of leaders was framed around three interview questions: 1) What are we doing? 2) What do you hear God saying? and 3) What stories can you share about our neighbors?
These questions were posed first in June 2013 as a baseline for the data, and then repeated over three meetings in 2014, culminating with the leaders writing a report for the pastoral team at Coast based on the data. In June 2014, the team members were hosted by neighbors who had participated in the activities hosted by Coast leaders at the library, and each leader reflected on the practice in light of Scripture and their experience. There are six sets of data evaluated here: the baseline, three meetings, the report and the reflection on being hosted, to measure whether the three practices of shared hospitality, dwelling in the Word, and reflection stimulated missional commitment in a group of leaders at Coast.
Content Reader: Mark Lau Branson, EdD
1 Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk, The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006), 102.
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Carson, Kindra N.G., "Being Shaped by the Neighborhood: Stimulating Missional Commitment through Dwelling in the Word, Reflection, and Shared Hospitality" (2016). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 223.