Many church folk, in their self-conscious attempt to be overtly morally upright, emit all the wrong signals, thus messing with people's perception of the gospel.
If we are going to make the change from community to communitas, and not just end up with an unsustainable adrenaline-junkie culture, we must have a sophisticated process to form people into adventurer-disciples.
Interestingly, it's as though the gospel story of Jesus is the archetypal heroic journey, the embodiment of the very adventure that all people in every epoch have desired.
Real leaders ask hard questions and knock people out of their comfort zones and then manage the resulting distress.
The missional church is not a new trend or the latest new technique for reaching postmodern people.
There is no doubt that to walk with Jesus means to walk on the wilder side of life.
Heroes are important not only because they symbolize what we believe to be important, but because they also convey universal truths about personal self-discovery and self-transcendence, one's role in society, and the relation between the two.
Unless the church is equipping believers to embrace the values and vision of the kingdom of God and turn away from the materialism, consumerism, greed, and power of the present age, it not only abandons its biblical mandate, it is rendered missionally ineffective.
Those of us with too much invested in the way things are will never embrace the revolutionary cause required for wholesale change.
If we could be freed from our aversion to loss, our whole outlook on risk would change.
This submission to the threshold of a cross is at the very root of our following Jesus; it changes the game completely.
The safety-obsessed church lacks the inner dynamic to foster profound missional impact in our time.
Currently, young Christians reach adulthood bored with church experience, and with little or no sense of their calling as missionaries.
In order to develop a pioneering missional spirit, a capacity for genuine ecclesial innovation, let along engender daring discipleship, we are going to need the capacity to take a courageous stand when and where necessary.
When there is no possibility of retreat, we will find the innovation that only the liminal situation can bring. In short, we find the faith of leap.