One of the hindrances we have in church life is that we focus on fellowship as a priority. The result is an inward focus. We become myopic and don’t go on mission. We feel we need to get better and have a closer fellowship before we can go on mission.
Yet if we turn it around and start by going on mission, fellowship is a natural by-product. It just happens as we’re going on mission together. It’s not a matter of either/or—fellowship or mission. We want both/and: fellowship AND mission. The question is what’s the best way to go about getting both/and. If we start with mission, the fellowship comes along naturally and the bonds are stronger. Alternatively, if we start with fellowship, most of the time we never make it to the mission.
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