As a young man I had aspirations of coaching women’s basketball. I remember a day when girls high school basketball was played on a half-court system. There were 3 girls on each end not allowed to cross half-court. It was a slow game, but an interesting one that required an entirely different strategy than the men’s game. In the late 60’s and early 70’s a position called “rover” was added that allowed one player to cross half-court and play both ends. This created a four on four game. I thought how innovative, but I liked it the other way. I mean, why mess with something that is working? That was only the beginning. It wasn’t too many years before they abandoned that and transitioned almost entirely to the men’s game. What were they thinking? They probably thought, it’s time to change the scorecard.
Change is inevitable. We live in an ever-changing world. If you don’t make efforts to change the scorecard, you get left behind. Mission strategies that worked in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s are no longer valid. Mind sets that see missions as peripheral, over the ocean and for the vocational missionary are short-sighted and unbiblical.
If we are going to penetrate the darkness and change the scorecard for reaching the lost, the focus has to shift from “us” to “them.” We have to get outside the walls of the church and take the gospel to the streets. We can no longer hide from culture, but must engage the culture.
Great Commission Resource Centers help churches with this task as we begin to see ourselves as missionaries and learn to be missional among the affinities among which we live, play and work.