Mission
Manpower
Methods
Money
Movement
Message
Might
Meetings
Maximization
Measurement

Might: Spiritual, organizational, personal and positional sources and resources are appropriately used to make decisions and develop people

Being and Doing: The Paradox Every Believer Must Embrace

Sign as you leave Christ of the Desert Monestary

As you depart many churches today there are signs indicating “You are Now Entering the Mission Field.”

The signs are there to remind attenders that missions is not just overseas but also where they live, work and play.

At the gate to Christ in the Desert Monastery in Northern New Mexico there is a hand crafted metal sculpture that reads simply BE/DO.

The BE is enclosed in a square steel frame to symbolize the interior spiritual life. The DO is without borders to symbolize that our service to Christ is without boundaries.

As you depart the monastery and the sign comes into view, the BE precedes the DO.  This implies we must first nurture our inner spiritual lives if we desire to see Holy Spirit infused doing.

Like the biblical paradoxes of Heart and Head and Faith and Works, Being and Doing challenges every believer to strive for the appropriate integration of both in personal and church life.

Below is an attempt to clarify the difficulty of the challenge by comparing Being versus Doing, while admittedly painting with a very broad brush.

Application: Being and Doing Comparison

BEING FOCUSES ON:

DOING FOCUSES ON:

Abstract

Concrete

Ideation

Implementation

Knowledge and Attitude

Skills and Habits

Spiritual Disciplines

Organizational Disciplines

Fruits of the Spirit

Fruits of Our Labor

Why You Do It

How You Do It

Let It Happen

Make It Happen

Internal Focus

External Focus

Inside Out

Outside In

With God

For God

Communion

Communication

Contemplative/Introspective

Activating/Initiating

Intimacy

Fellowship

Knowing and Experiencing God

Events/Programs

The Journey

The Destination

Life Transformation Stories

Growth Goals and Numbers

Worship as a Lifestyle

Worship as a Corporate Event

Nurturing and Maturing  Believers

Reaching the Unbeliever

Discipleship and Equipping

Service and Missions

Slow and Deep Discipleship

Fast and Shallow Discipleship

Fewer Deeper Relationships

More but Shallower Relationships

Being Relational

Being Intentional

Social Interaction Thru Discipleship

Social Interaction Through Service

Listening/Sharing/Questioning

Boldness/Proclaiming/Prophecy

Being Salt and Light

Doing the Work of an Evangelist

Telling Your Story

Telling God’s Story

Being Missional as a Lifestyle

Doing Missions as a Project

Heart

Head

Anecdotal evidence suggests that individuals either by personality or preference are inclined to favor one over the other.

Even churches and denominations tend to gravitate towards either a Being or Doing orientation. This points to the challenge before church leaders to appropriately allocate both into their lives and churches.

Action: What is your experience? Which is your preference? What would you add to this list?


Posted on May 13, 2014
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Jim Baker

Jim is a Church Organizational Leadership and Management Coach, Consultant and Trainer. Throughout his career Jim has demonstrated a passion for showing Pastors and Ministers how to use organizational tools for church and personal growth and health.

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“For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see how well ordered you are and the strength of your faith in Christ.” Colossians 2:5