Acting missionally in Canada today requires us to think like a missionary entering an unfamiliar land. When someone travels on mission overseas, they immerse themselves in learning the language, culture, music, events of the new location. They learn the particular joys and sorrows of their community. They ask many questions and listen deeply. Once they have listened, then they can speak. And when they do, they convey the life and love of Jesus in a way that makes sense to the hearers, because it comes from within their world.
The world missional has many layers of meaning, but primary among them is the idea of being ‘sent’. We are a ‘sent people’ even if we never leave the home were born in. The God who desires to embrace this broken world with unconditional love wants to use our arms to do so – with the people who are within arms’ reach.
How can we learn to exegete our neighbourhood? Consider the following resources, tailored to the kind of community in which you may live.