“Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.” (Deuteronomy 32:7, ESV)
God's people ought to be the sort who are prone to reflection. Scripture clearly points us to rhythms of action and reflection, speaking and listening, learning and doing. Sadly, these aren't rhythms that our culture prizes. In fact, without an intentional laying hold of moments specifically for reflection, we will probably find that we rarely take the time to do so.
I want to, at the start of a new year, point us to some tools that can help us reflect both personally and as missional communities. The first is a tool that can be used by individuals or as groups, created by Saturate, for helping to reflect on the year gone by and the year ahead. The Annual Reflection and Plan can be found here.
Another is a great article about the 4 Stages of Community. This is a great tool for MC leaders to use to help critically think about how far along your MC is on the trajectory towards forming a healthy community. The article can be found here, along with this diagnostic tool.
Let's be faithful to reflect so that we don't miss anything the Holy Spirit wants to teach us as we move forward into 2018. Finally, as always, I am happy to dialogue with you as you use any of these tools for reflection.