“If you can’t imagine it, you can’t do it.” Those words have been rolling over and over again in my brain since I heard Alan Hirsch say them at a conference I attended last week. I often think of imagination as a whimsical, fun function of the brain. I imagine when I want to escape reality. I imagine when I’m dissatisfied and wonder if there isn’t more or a better way. I imagine what life will be like 20 years from now (scary thought!). I imagine a vacation on a secluded beach. Imagining is fun, but Alan went on to say that the battle is won or lost at the level of imagination. There’s power in imagination. The Holy Spirit’s power is displayed and released at the level of imagination.
What do you imagine when you think of small groups that develop missional disciples? How do you imagine a disciple of Jesus will go about life? What does a community of believers look like that is focused on becoming more like Jesus? What happens in small groups that are not only about learning and building relationships, but mission? What would happen if your small groups took missional discipleship seriously?
Go ahead. Spend some time imagining. It’s the best place to start.