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10 Tips on Becoming Charismissional

Following his post about the charismatic-missional tension Andrew Wilson suggests some ways forward for churches in this post Becoming Charismissional.

Here are his ten tips aimed at leaders, slightly paraphrased, on how to be both Spirit-filled and missional.

1. Being Charismissional is possible

The early church had both strange charismatic experiences and clear explanations of the gospel.

2. Be honest – how charismatic are you?

To what extent are your contributions really God speaking? To what extend are they just your own thoughts?

3. Be honest – how missional are you?

Are you sharing life with those outside the church and having conversations about the gospel?

4. Think about the words you use.

Avoid Christian jargon. Use terms new people can understand.

5. Explain what is happening when you meet

Clear explanations throughout can help visitors feel comfortable with what is happening e.g. when someone speaks in tongues or when you lay hands on someone to pray for them.

6. Understand 1 Corinthians 14

Take care with spiritual gifts. Use them primarily to build up the church. This is why they should be intelligible.

7. Acknowledge individual differences

Some non-Christians are sceptical of emotionalism but some actually prefer more passionate gatherings. Don’t over generalise.

8. Train people to use gifts evangelistically

Why not teach people to use spiritual gifts in conversation with their non-Christian friends.

9. Share the teaching

Some speakers may excel at doctrinal teaching others at gospel preaching or charismatic experiences.

10. Lead by example

Eagerly desire more of the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts and engage with your culture and with non-Christians.

What do you think?

Related posts on this blog

Why CharisMissional?
Becoming CharisMissional
Post-Charismatic? A book review
7 Charismissional links
5 Examples of the Charismatic-Missional Tension

Posts by Andrew Wilson

Becoming Charismissional
The Charismatic-Missional Tension

March 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm Comments (0)

5 Examples of the Charismatic-Missional Tension

I recently found this post where Andrew Wilson an elder at Kings Church in Eastbourne discusses what he calls the charismatic-missional tension. In this first post he raises some interesting questions about spiritual gifts, healing, ministry times, preaching and how we use social media.

Spiritual gifts

Some missional churches in attempts to be more seeker-sensitive have all but banned spiritual gifts in their meetings in favour of communicating clearly to those outside the faith. But shouldn’t we be able to be charismatic and exercise gifts in our meetings without being wacky and incomprehensible?


Praying for the sick may mean seeing some people not healed. Andrew Wilson discusses how we can tackle this with honesty and integrity – not exaggerating, appearing deluding or destroying people’s faith when the healing doesn’t occur. Is it more charismatic to pray for healings but more missional not to?

Ministry times

This refers to a charismatic practice where people respond to a sermon by coming forward to be prayed for. We may still long to experience God more deeply but also feel that visitors may be spooked by some people’s highly emotional responses during such times and so experience this charismatic-missional tension.


Here he discusses the balance between teaching doctrine, preaching the gospel and encouraging Christians to experience more of the Holy Spirit. Wilson observes that most good preachers excel at one or two of those but rarely all three.

Social media

To what extent do we discuss our Christian experience in front of non-Christians? Some charismatics may freak out their friends whereas some missional types may say next to nothing and miss opportunities to testify.

He tries to make sense of these in his following post, which I will discuss next week.

Further Reading

The Charismatic-Missional Tension by Andrew Wilson
Becoming Charismissional by Andrew Wilson

March 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm Comments (0)

When God Speaks Back – an interview with Tanya Luhrmann

This post from NPR (America’s National Public Radio) includes a fascinating and helpful interview with psychologist and anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann who has recently studies what it means to hear the voice of God and have a personal relationship with Jesus.

Tanya Luhrmann is a professor at Stanford University who has visited a number of groups in the Vineyard movement. She describes the findings of her observations and interviews with these Christians in her new book When God Speaks Back.

In the radio interview she outlines what she saw and heard and some of the conversations moved her to tears.

“They learn to experience some of their thoughts as not being thoughts from them, but thoughts from God that they hear inside their mind,” she says.

In When God Speaks Back she describes people building a conversation with Jesus like this – based on their understanding of God – who is primarily loving and accepting. Interestingly she describes how people to learn to discern which thoughts come from God and which are purely from their own imagination.

Overall I found Tanya Luhrmann’s comments about evangelical Christianity respectful and helpful in articulating the idea of hearing God. Personally they gave me valuable insights into my own experiences and into some of the ways that people talk about hearing God especially when they recount word for word dialogues.

Please have a quick look at the summary of this interview about When God Speaks Back on the NPR site or even better take the time to listen to the radio interview.

March 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm Comments (0)

3D Printing – a craft idea for a social enterprise

One way that you can serve your local community is to set up a social enterprise or, particularly in this time of high unemployment, to help people set up their own micro-businesses.

One idea for such an enterprise that is worth looking into is making handmade crafts. This could be a good time to start something as there is new technology like 3D printing that could revolutionise handmade crafts in the next few years.

Black Country Atelier runs workshops on some of this emerging technology. They have also been involved in helping craft groups like Shelanu to develop their craft products.

Today (Saturday 2nd March 2013) I have been on a 3D printing workshop run by Jing Lu who founded Black Country Atelier.

What is 3D printing?

You create a design using a computer aided design package such as Sketchup – about half the time we were learning how to use this package. You then export an STL file that can be printed with types of plastic that extrude from nozzles – that are bit like mini glue guns.

If you want to start an enterprise with this I wouldn’t buy one of these printers straight away. To start with you might want to initially find someone with a 3D printer who can advise you about checking that you file will print properly. Then you can try using an online service like Materialise. If you are doing this all the time then you can buy a printer such as a MakerBot.

There are a number of packages you can use but Sketchup can be downloaded for free.

If and when someone starts working on this full time they could purchase a professional package. These other packages enable you to work quicker – three clicks in Sketchup can be achieved in one click in other packages. But Sketchup does have plugins that can give you greater control and most of them are free. There are also plenty of free tutorials that come with the package.

For more advanced 3D design Ararkik enables you to do sculpting freehand.

If you want to make a 3D image of something you already own you can use the 123D app which enables you to convert a series of photos of your item into a 3D image that can be printed.

How can this make money?

When goods have been printed they can be sold at craft fairs or online using Etsy. You can even put your design online for others to print on sites such as Materialise. Whenever someone prints it from these sites you get commission.

What can I print?

At the workshop with Jing Lu we practiced by roughly tracing a scanned 2D image that could be made up of a number of fairly regular shapes. We then extended these into three dimensions. You could try this with any image.

As the size of what you print is often limited by cost one big use for this is creating jewellery. You could create a necklace or a badge from simple shapes like these or 3D printed words.

But it’s not just for jewellery. There are lots of other items that you can print. You could make signs for bedroom doors. We saw some toy cars that had been printed – you just had to add the wheels. IPhone covers are also popular items to print.

There are a number of places you can look for ideas.

Of course you would of course need to improve on the warehouse ideas or produce something original to put on Materialise and making money. This could be a bit of a steep learning curve but it looks possible.

What other new technologies are there besides 3D printing?

CNC Milling

Jing Lu explained that 3D Printing is additive as it builds up the model a layer at a time. Subtractive technology have been around a little longer such as CNC milling that can carve your figure out of solid material.

Laser Cutting

There is also laser cutting which involves creating a 2D design – possibly in Sketchup but Inkscape might be preferable. From these you export a DXF file. Laser cutting is a more established business idea.

The shapes can be cut out in acrylic and by layering them, folding them or slotting pieces together they can still be 3D in the end. David Brannon who also runs workshops at the Atelier told us about some Christmas trees he had made and sold like this.


In the room next to us at Black Country Atelier Gary Bulmer was running a workshop on using arduinos. An arduino is a type of microcontroller.

What to make of this idea?

This workshop was fascinating. I think this could be an option for a small enterprise that is well worth investigating further.

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