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Recovering the Personal

When a church tries to be missional at the expense of the personal, people are reduced to their function, "you" becomes "it", and the Body of Christ degrades into a machine with a good cause. People get steamrolled in the name of a program or a campaign. The diversity of stories and individuals become homogenized into sterile categories of personality types and functional roles. In the name of the Kingdom we are dehumanizing one another.

But the Church is nothing if not personal. We are members of one another, and our mission flows out of our personal connectedness, every joint set in its place. The missional springs from the personal and expresses itself in the personal. We are the people of God, not a corporation with a cause; the family of God not a franchise of faith.

There is only I-You, not I-It or Us-Them. It is all personal.

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