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Missional — new word?

15 January 2008

I’ve remarked a few times on the tendency to use the word “missional” where a few years ago “missionary” would probably have been used, but, as Tall Skinny Kiwi notes, the use of “missional” is itself quite old.

I found a reference to the word ‘missional’ back in 1814. I had given a later date in earlier blogs and talks but this discovery sheds new light and an older date. The Americans were the first to use the word. Brits didn’t use “missional” until later in the century.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 15 January 2008 3:59 pm

    I hear “missional” used most often by churches trying to make themselves appear to be interested in reaching out to their communities and getting out into the world and serving the world. The term “emergent” became so charged with a specific theological, but especially, political understanding that many church planters and churches needed another term to describe the best tenets of the emergent movement.

  2. 20 January 2008 11:27 am

    hey – i screwed up. that 1814 date is a bad OCR scan. the oldest date is 1883. i have edited the original post. sorry for the misinformation.

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