This past Saturday I heard a message from Aaron Coe, vice president of mobilization for the North American Mission Board, that I found very relevant to our work as church-planters and those seeking to live out the message of Jesus. Before you read this, it’s important for you to know that Aaron is speaking from experience as a former church-planter and pastor of the Gallery Church in NY City.
Here’s the part of his message I wanted to share with you:
Some issues that prevent missional living:
Ethnocentrism: The belief in the inherent superiority of one’s own ethnic group or culture. The tendency to view alien groups or cultures from the perspective of one’s own.
Paternalism: The system, principle, or practice of managing or governing individuals, businesses, nations, etc., in the manner of a father dealing benevolently and often intrusively with his children.
Insecurity: Lack of confidence or assurance; self-doubt (who you are, who you are not)
Territorialism: a principle or system that gives predominance to the landed classes (those already in place)
At different points in my life and ministry, I’ve found myself struggling with each of these issues. Which one hinders you?