If we are to engage God in the world both to be transformed and to reach people for Christ, we must purposefully adopt some “missional rhythms”—regular habits that will help us be the “sent out” people of God and build mission into our daily lives. The following “B.L.E.S.S.” acronym provides a suggested plan for this missional living.
BLESS is an acronym describing five disciplines observed in the life of Christ.
1) Bless is a discipline of intentional acts of kindness.
2) Listen is a discipline of listening to God through prayer and watching him move in our world.
3) Eat is a discipline of hospitality.
4) Study is a discipline of learning the life of Christ and the heart of God.
5) Sent is a discipline of intentional availability to engage and develop new friendships.
Clay Neighborhood is an emerging Christian community in the Northeast Denver Metro area. This community is adopting these disciplines in its pursuit of spiritual transformation. We will be chronicling our experiences and sharing dialogue here.
This is adapted from Michael Frost’s missional rhythms (author of Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture). Other notable influences in the presentation of this model are: James Nored, Charles Kiser, and Chris Altrock.