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Up to (one's) neck in alligators

business adage The full expression is some variation of: "When you are up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the goal was to drain the swamp." It is easy to be so overcome or preoccupied by various tangential worries, problems, or tasks that one loses sight of the ultimate goal or objective. I've spent so much time dealing with various infrastructure problems for my new business that I've had no time to actually develop our product properly. I guess it's easy to forget, when up to your neck in alligators, that the mission is to drain the swamp.
See also: alligator, neck, up

a man/woman on a mission

A person who is fiercely determined to do or get what he or she wants. Janet stormed into work like a woman on a mission, heading straight into her boss's office to demand a raise in her salary. When my boyfriend decides he wants to buy something, he turns into a man on a mission.
See also: man, mission, on, woman

a man/woman with a mission

A person who is fiercely determined to do or get what he or she wants. Janet stormed into work like a woman with a mission, heading straight into her boss's office to demand a raise in her salary. When my boyfriend decides he wants to buy something, he turns into a man with a mission.
See also: man, mission, woman

mission creep

The gradual expansion or widening in scope of a project, action, or task, especially a military operation, beyond its initial goal or objective. Congress is wary of granting the president's request for military authority in the region, fearing a repeat of the mission creep that plagued his last war effort.
See also: creep, mission

mission in life

one's purpose in life; the reason for which one lives. Bob's mission in life is to make money. My mission in life is to help people live in peace.
See also: life, mission

mission accomplished

something that you say when you have finished doing something that you were told to do
Usage notes: This was a military phrase in World War II.
Mission accomplished. I've got everything you asked for on the list.
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Bonk, contributors were asked not so much to interact with Jon's writings but, writing from the context and setting of their own missional thought and practice, to focus on three facets of his and Jean's life and ministry that stand out in the minds of the guest editors: hospitality, humility, and hope.
Jeff is a self-diagnosed Coffeeholic who found his identity through years of touring and traveling and now enjoys life as a punk rock influenced dad and Mennonite practicing simplicity, neighboring and missional community.
Though a missional mindset will always begin with a deep desire to see the Kingdom of God extended into all cultures, it cannot end there.
By the second union, in 1992, between the United Church of Jamaica and Grand Cayman and the Disciples of Christ, the Church's missional identity had been forged and reinforced by a number of initiatives.
What might be happening already that would be promising for the cause of local congregations taking up the missional challenge with new energy and hope?
Cross-cultural friendship as missional and spiritual formation has a long history.
Tiede engaged the packed house on the topic, "Acts as a Missional Document.
In the final chapter of his book Kerr fleshes out a distinctive missional ecclesiology impossible to conceive without God's apocalyptic intervention in and fulfillment of history in Jesus of Nazareth.
com) is a website devoted to showcasing innovative organizations and missional enterprises that are fighting global poverty in creative ways.
To get a glimpse of what patience meant to the Christians and how it fit into their missional growth, we will look at two writings by Cyprian, bishop of Carthage in North Africa: his treatise On the Good of Patience and his catechetical program To Quirinus 3.
The final project being considered is the development of a process that would encourage dioceses to develop an "official curiosity" about their own missional context.
To the Nations for the Earth: A Missional Spirituality
Peterson juxtaposes an ecclesiology of the word-event (Luther, Barth, Ebeling, Forde) with an ecclesiology of communion (Congar, Vatican II, the Ecumenical Movement, Jenson) on the way to an examination of the missional church movement (Newbigin, Guder, Van Gelder, Barger).
Darrell Guder, Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and former president of the American Society of Missiology, will lead the series “America After Christendom: The Hardest Mission Field” August 11 through 14 at the fourth Delaware Valley Summer Institute hosted by the Presbyterian churches in Lambertville, Titusville, Stockton, and Mt.
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