Going Boldly

from Mally McLoughlin

Pick up your smart phone and scroll through your social media feed of preference. Go on, do it. How long did it take you to come across an inspirational quote or mission statement? Probably not that long. The reason I mention this is because the subject of this inaugural post is Going Boldly. On paper, it's just two words and words are cheap these days. In our current digital microcosm where sensationalism trumps truth, how do we find the pure drops of truth in an ocean of noise?

A good litmus of test for filtering the credible from the counterfeit is by asking the question, “Is this person or movement backing their talk with their walk?”

True grassroots missional movements are the ones that move out of the passivity of the safe zone and into the—oftentimes messy—margins. Security and comfort have, unfortunately, lulled us into a milieu where we think a good PowerPoint presentation and tweaking the mix will advance the Kingdom of God. So what does it mean to Go Boldly and how do we go about it.

Going Boldly means going back to basics without fearing the loss of worldly possessions. Going Boldly means stepping away from the entrenched status quo that says, “This is the way we've always done it.” Going Boldly means forging ahead with a new narrative that reframes our understanding of current paradigms and cracks the equation wide open.  

How do we go about it?

  • Seek to consistently embody Christ.

  • Use our time and talent to invest in the planting of a Christ-centered community.

  • Do something that scares us on a regular basis.

  • Put fellowship before strategy.

  • Set a goal.

  • Stand out, be weird and colorful.

May we not yearn for things as they used to be but instead Go Boldly and live our lives in a posture of pulling off the unattainable!

What is impossible with man is possible with God.
— Luke 18:27.
Noah Gray