I read a denominational report recently. The assumption of it's planning into the future was that of continued decline. Such a far cry from the experience of the church Jesus founded in Acts.
Too much of our missional thinking assumes God is absent from the planet and it's all up to us. We provide the resources, the smarts, the creative imagining, and the dollars.
Jesus is risen and has ascended to the Father as Lord. He rules as king and he employs his word and his Spirit to accomplish his mission through his people.
We are not alone. We are not the main game. The risen Lord rules and continues his ministry.
I've been in the book of Acts now for months and I can't leave it. It's like I'm reading it for the first time. Here's some notes on one of Acts' key themes: How the word conquers the world