I don’t know if it’s still the same, but when I was (very slowly) learning to drive this was the mantra that was drummed into my head! The instructors (there were more than one – in fact more than three!!) explained that one day I would pull into lines of traffic without thinking, but until the day when I was deemed to be safe to drive alone, I had to act in a rather unnatural manner, with my hands in the ‘ten to two’ position on the steering wheel.
It’s the same when you are beginning to help a church develop a new culture of developing a Frontline imagination. You need to include actions that may look artificial at first, until it all begins to feel very natural.
This is what happened at Rugby Elim Church. They planned a year’s focus on different aspects of Frontline missional activity. As always, it’s here not because it is the only way to do things, but in the hope that it will stoke the imaginations of people in other churches to do their own thing.
Whole Life Discipleship/Frontlines/Social Action Timetable for 2013
January Education Sunday – frontline testimony and prayer for those involved in education, including Transformers (youth group) – Jan 27th, 10 mins
February Survey of jobs that people are involved in – 17th Feb, 10 mins
March Finance Focus – frontline testimony and prayer for those working in the financial sector – 24th March, 10 mins
April Photo board of people and their frontlines – 14th April
May Management focus – frontline testimony of managers and prayer for managers and team leaders across all work/volunteer settings – 26th May
June Engineers – frontline testimony and prayer for those working in engineering – 30th June
July Carers/volunteers and retired folks frontline focus – testimony and prayer – 21st July
September Frontline swap – exchanging credit sizes cards that have your name, frontline, 3 prayer requests. Swap with someone else and prayer for the person for the next week on their frontline – 8th Sept
October Healthcare Sunday 13th Oct – frontline testimony and prayer – 10 mins
November Frontline prayer focus – praying for others on their frontline ie. Share and then pray for each other in pairs/small groups or similar frontlines – 10th Nov, 15 mins