Though my official title is “Associate Pastor of Christian Education and Youth,” (I’m almost positive that’s right…), I think that my day-to-day schedule would surprise many -at least those not in ministry, and especially those who work with youth. I still get the familiar question “What do you do Monday – Friday?” from time to time, and it still cracks me up as the I watch the person struggle with imagining what my ministry entails during the week when I ask, “What do you think I do Monday – Friday?”
The point of all this is really to say that “missional” from my viewpoint is just the day-to-day ministry of presence. It means getting out of the office and working on youth discussions or emails at the local coffee shop. It means showing up at the high school gym for a girls’ middle school basketball game. It means intentionally seeking out church members for coffee, lunch, or a walk in the community center park. It means going to the neighborhood association meeting to hear about hopes for a dog park. It means visiting someone who has reluctantly transitioned into a full-time assisted residence.
It is going out.
But, I think that it also means going out in another way. I think that the extension can happen in many ways – mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. For me, though incredibly challenging, I find that the going out requires opening up, and honestly sharing who I am, too…my struggles, my issues, and my dreams. Sometimes it looks like breaking bread with someone over a meal that is specifically Korean, maybe risky and unfamiliar to the other person, but for me, home-y and comforting. Sometimes it looks like sharing honestly about issues of racism and marginalization I continue to see even in the church. Sometimes it looks like challenging our youth to think about the people we work with in the Dominican Republic when they are interacting with those that are different from them at their school.
Ultimately, to me “missional,” is activity…that is rooted in God’s triune presence and experienced in community. Going out and opening up looks like:
• Presence – Being aware,
sensitive, and receptive to the Holy Spirit.
• Contextuality – Being authentic and honest, and encouraging others to be the same.
• Intentionality – Being thoughtful and deliberate in my words and actions.
…and hopefully all this characterizes how I do…and am in ministry.
Guest blog post by Mihee Kim-Kort