“…The people who work at and for this mission in the wider world must themselves be living, modeling, and experiencing the same thing in their own lives. There is ultimately no justification for a private piety that doesn’t work out in actual mission, just as there is ultimately no justification for people who use their activism in the social, cultural, or political sphere as a screen to prevent them from facing the same challenges within their own lives–the challenge, that is, of God’s kingdom, of Jesus’s lordship, and of the Spirit’s empowering. If the gospel isn’t transforming you, how do you know that it will transform anything else?
-N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope, 270.