MISSIONAL COMMUNITY (BE A PART OF THE MOVEMENT)
WHAT IS A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY:
Simply: Missional Communities are a spiritual family that are ignited, active and growing disciples being sent to engage where they live, work and play.
Jesus laid the foundation for MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES in John 1:14 (The Message) “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.”
A Missional Community see themselves as walking coordinates who unite together with others as followers of Jesus wanting to engage the culture of those in their communities with the Good News of restoration and hope.
Those involved in a Missional Communities find their primary identity of “church” within the Missional Community, rather than a larger worship service or a LifeGroup. In essence, this group of people becomes a close-knit spiritual family on mission together where they live, work and play.
WHY A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY:
Simply: Missional Communities are a more effective expression to influence and make an impact on those with whom we live, work and play.
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.
It is in Missional Communities that we can build and nurture authentic relationships as we do life with our neighbor and co-workers. Life transformation in the context of authentic relationships.
HOW DO WE DO MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES:
Simply: We must move out from the safety and comfort of the church walls and meet people where they are. We bring Jesus to our neighbors, co-workers and friends.
Instead of inviting people to a church building, we invite them into our homes. We build authentic and genuine relationships with those we do life with our neighbors, co-workers and friends.
The primary ministry does not happen in a church building, but as the church we minister in spaces within communities.
WHAT CAN A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY GATHERING LOOK LIKE:
Simply: A Missional Community can have endless possibilities as you intentionally look to invite the unchurched/dechurched into authentic relationships.
There are endless possibilities and flexibility in the forms of Missional Communities, since the intention is that they are highly accessible to the culture that we are sent to and build relationships with. The idea is to be a tangible and practical blessing to those that you the Missional Community seek to engage. It is import to operate in context of the culture and rhythm of your community.
- Food- ideally sharing a meal together
- Socializing/ laughing/ having fun
- Breaking Bread/ sharing Communion
- Sharing our Stories (Snapshots of our Adventure of Faith(i.e. testimony), especially of things people are grateful to God for
- Bringing praise and worship to God
- Offering prayer for healing and prophetic encouragement to anyone who has particular need
- Studying the Scriptures together, especially from what God has been speaking to the leader (or whoever is leading that portion) about during the past week.
- Praying for the wider community that you are seeking to reach.
- Planning practicalities for mission activities
As well, a Missional Community will go out together in specific missional activities, to serve and bless their neighborhood for which they live, work and play. Such events need to be regular and rhythmic, so that the group sees this as an integral part of their life together. It should be no more a ‘special’ than meeting to eat together or pray together is. It is also important for Missional Community to get involved in the life what is already going on in the community around them.
DO YOU WANT TO ESTABLISH A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN EXPLORING MORE ABOUT MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES?
Email Chris Jarrell Chris@CentrevillePres.com to get a better understanding about Missional Communities here at CPC or how you can get one started right where you are.