First let me establish what I mean when I use the "g" word:
guru: one who is an acknowledged leader or chief proponent
As I wander the interwebs reading of missional this and that, I’m struck by the number of folk who’ve become "missional gurus". They have apparently unraveled the mysteries of the missional "secret sauce" and are desperate to share their insight with the rest of us – whether by blog, book or conference. I have a simple question I’d like us to ask our dear sistren and brethren as they share their missional insights.
"So, how’s it working for you?"
I confess that I’m really not interested in hearing theories anymore. I want to know how the missonal profundities emanating from the particular guru are applied in their own lives – right now. Not last year, last century or last millenium. But. Right now.
"Where are you plugged into a local expression of a missional community? How does that impact what you are sharing with us?"
Jesus lived what he taught the disciples. We should have no less expectation of those who want to disciple us.
UPDATE 2: Erika Haub, as is her gift, provides a much needed perspective on this.