The mark of a healthy church is not our seating capacity but our sending capacity. We don’t have to send people across the world, we can send them into their communities. We can make the biggest impact for the Gospel and the Kingdom of God through relationships where we live, work and play.
Jesus laid the foundation for Missional Communities in John1:14 “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” (The Message) What does that look like for us today? What does this look like for CPC?
“The cross must be raised again at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am claiming that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town garbage heap, at a crossroads so cosmopolitan they had to write His title in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. At the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble, because that is where He died and that is what he died about and that is where church people ought to be and what church people should be about.” – George MacLeod
Missional Community Plan:
A Missional Community is birthed out of a LifeGroup. There are three things these LifeGroups must have in place:
1. LEADER: A called and qualified leader.
This leader must: sense God’s call; complete the Missional Leader Readiness form; meet the leadership qualifications of CPC; complete LifeGroups Leaders and Missional Community Training.
2. CORE: A healthy community living out gospel-centered missional community.
Healthy communities are a core of people that: practice steady state community; are engaged in mission to their community; share leadership; keep the gospel central; has at least 6-8 people.
3. MISSION: A LifeGroup that starts with a clear missional focus of reaching the community around them.
The Missional Community should be focused on engaging a particular community or group around the Northern Virginia area, or any other identified areas, to show the love of Christ, and practice unconditional grace and mercy, to the unchurched and dechurched in their community. This clearly defined mission must be accompanied by a plan for engagement. Missional Communities are not about meeting once a week – they are about finding other times to connect throughout the week.
We are gathering a core team to launch our first Missional Community. One of our Elders, Willie McIntosh, and his wife Rochelle, will be the leading this pilot Missional Community.
If you want to be a part of this core pilot group they will be kicking off on January 29, 2017.
Chantilly Missional Community
Sundays, 3:00 PM
McIntosh’s Home, Chantilly 20152
If you are interested and feel a call towards leading a Missional Community email Chris Jarrell at Chris@CentrevillePres.com