It was such a privilege to share with experienced church leaders in Bucharest some of the lessons I have been learning on missional church. They face the same challenges as we do. They, like us, scored much higher on their UP and IN. Their OUT, personally and corporately, was much lower (see more on UP-IN-OUT here). That said, the attractional model was still proving more fruitful for them. Several of the churches talked of 8-10 people coming to faith in Christ for the first time in 2011. Praise God.
Their cultural challenge however is different to ours with a huge nominal Christian Orthodox population. Thinking this through reminded me of the continual need for the church to adapt itself to its cultural context. They need missional communities for sure. But they will look different ours. And so they should.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NIV)
19 Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.
21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.
22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.
23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
And the best bit, Dominos Pizza for lunch!