Our CPI hub recently looked at “Shadow Missions that distract us from Mathew 28. You can read my previous comments on shadow missions here (the phrase is originally Bill Hybels).
Part of identifying shadow missions includes identifying our own temptations. These can be God things in and of themselves but can lead to distraction and distortion. For example, I love solving problems. I love a good murder mystery on telly, my previous work was all about solving problems with processes and systems, so come to me with a problem and I will try to find a solution.
Sometimes problem solving skills are needed in church. However, the danger is that people come to church and look to leaders to solve their problems for them. Indeed, I think this is one of the criticisms of miďdle-class approaches to urban mission, people go in to solve other people’s problems for them with hangouts and programmes. This means that the basis of the relationship is wrong.
Other things I am learning include that:
1. If I come in and solve a problem, I can guarantee that the solution will prove unpopular and may well be hated as much as the original problem.
2. There are a thousand nd one problems out there that no atter what I throw at them I simply cannot solve them.
So, this is a “Shadow Mission” I have to watch because it will teach me to gain my value from other people’s dependence on me and it will teach others to find their assurance in having people to solve their problems for them.