Our Bishop and the Diocesan Synod of 2017 has challenged us in "taking the BELLS Challenge to fulfill the mission of God."
In his book, "Surprise the World: The 5 Habits of Highly Missional People," Michael Frost outlines a framework for how we might become more "mission minded as individuals." A church with an attitude of mission is comprised of individuals who take mission seriously and think missionally. Mission is not really about going to distant lands and sharing our own interpretation or understanding of who Jesus is. Mission-minded people exercise mission in every encounter they have with others every day. A "missional church" is one with membership who have become, or are becoming, "missional people" with a missional mindset.
"Surprise the World," is a simple, yet effective opportunity and method to form habits that make us missional people. BELLS helps to focus our efforts in becoming missional in such a way as to assist us to re-orient our thinking towards mission.
Michael Frost says:
"I’m not suggesting that BELLS is a magic bullet or anything like that. But it is a really handy tool for mobilizing Christians up, in and out into mission. That is, up into deeper connection with the Triune God; in to a stronger sense of community with other believers; and out into the neighborhood."
At Christ Church Cathedral, it is our intention to focus on this emphasis, as outlined by "Surprise the World," beginning this Easter Season. During Easter, all at the Cathedral are challenging to read "Surprise the World." That reading may be done individually, as part of a Charis Group, or other group that forms for that purpose. After our reading, we will then look for ways to implement the Surprise the World (BELLS) model as we work toward becoming more "highly missional people" in the weeks and months ahead.
During Easter, all at the Cathedral are challenged to read "Surprise the World."
Look for the wall chart at the Cathedral that will record how many have read "Surprise the World" to chart our progress. A sticker placed anonymously on the chart will let us all know that you have read "Surprise the World." This will be our FIRST STEP in our own surprising the world.
Print copies of "Surprise the World" are at the Cathedral. Cost $6 which you can add to your offering
Paper back edition
The Kindle edition is modestly priced
Download "Surprise the World" as a PDF
Videos to accompany each chapter