Of Cats, Bags & A Missional Tribe

kinnon —  January 2, 2009 — 2 Comments


It’s been hinted at for over a month by Brother Maynard, Peggy Brown and myself.

This week, I was a little more upfront about it. Yesterday, Rick Meigs revealed the heart behind it. As did Matt Stone.

I’m talking about the new social network launching on EpiphanyMissional Tribe.

The cat is just about all the way out of the bag.

To help you better understand MT, let me quote from MT instigator Brad Sargent’s summary:

The tribe …

… offers a collaborative space to connect people and generate an accepting, supportive community that intentionally seeks for diversity.

fosters dialogue in a respectful environment and gathers grassroots stories for mutual encouragement, teaching, and support.

… focuses on serving practitioners through resources, ideas, and stories from the front lines of incarnational engagement and radical transformation.

shares the nitty-gritty of living our faith and sharing our life in order to break anyone’s sense of isolation on this journey, especially when a virtual support network may be the only community currently available.

creates an “evergreen” space to capture and continue the collective wisdom of those seeking to pursue Christlikeness, stewarding it in ways that will keep it accessible beyond the first generation of participants.

encourages using the website as a social space for befriending people of similar (or opposite!) interests, as a discussion space for interactive learning, and as an archive space for links and materials that might otherwise be forgotten.

engages in discussion of any topic about the missional journey, with a minimum of gate keeping and oversight to maintain it as a safe place for all so that nothing would be off limits except for bullying or belittling others.

celebrates both individual and communal expressions of a missional paradigm, and constantly seeks to broaden its demographic reach because of its commitment to embrace and learn from the diversity in Christ’s Kingdom.

Although most descriptions of who and what the tribe is were stated in the positive, there is a place for stating some of what the tribe is not, or does not do. In the tribe …

… it’s not about methods, but about our paradigm and lifestyle.

… it’s not about polishing theory or theology in attempts to get it perfect, but about our movement forward in our practice of a missional lifestyle.

… it’s not about control or ownership by the few, but about empowering each of us to participate responsibly.

… it’s not about celebrities, but about us as everyday disciples.

We instigators look forward to all that you will add to this social network.



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to Of Cats, Bags & A Missional Tribe

  1. Really well done, Bill. Brad’s summary is so excellent! The expectancy growing in my heart is exciting.

    Love the cat….

  2. Sounds great.
    I’m in.


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