Title

Martyria and Mission: The Witness of Creative Disruption

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Abstract

God’s mission, introducing a realm of holiness and forgiveness, cannot enter the unholy realms of this earth without some interruption to business as usual. There will be some scraping of structures, some reordering of priorities, turning some systems upside down. This article defines this missional activity as creative disruption. It suggests that creative disruption functions best when it is creative, with respect to tradition and disruptive with respect to traditionalism. While leaders committed to stirring up the status quo are often unpopular and inheres sacrificial witness (martyria), this article addresses some of the constructive benefits of disruptive work to God’s mission.