Good & Bad Messiness in Missional Communities

Every community faces messy seasons where things are not perfect in the community. This is true in group therapy, where they call this the storming phase of group development, and this is true of every small group in the church. This is an important phase for a community and especially for a missional community in …

Forming Missional Communities

It is one thing to grasp and get excited about a vision for missional communities and a completely different thing to go about forming missional communities. The vision for gospel-centered communities on mission is compelling, exciting, and stirs us within towards embodying scriptural truth. I find it hard not to be attracted to pursuing this …

Missional Community Crossroad Moments

I intended to go deeper into the Missional Community life cycle this week, but I realized that my posts from Tuesday & Wednesday assumed progress in knowing God, loving one another and loving the world. But what happens when a missional community starts to face the reality that they are struggling in those areas? The …

Missional Community Implications: For the World

On Wednesday I wrote that pursuing missional communities will affect your life and yesterday I wrote about how it will affect your church, and today we’ll look at the affect on the world. I genuinely believe that a church that pursues missional communities will see the beneficial impact in their community, but also an even …

Missional Community Implications: For Church

I’m a big fan of missional communities as I believe the scriptures clearly articulate the power and intent of God for a community to demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ through their love for one another and their neighbors. It’s becoming a larger conversation and many churches are considering the idea. As they consider it, …

Reading the Bible with People who Don’t Believe it

I didn’t grow up going to church and when I finally did, I started reading the bible on my own. I started reading from Genesis hoping I would end in Revelation and after 5 and ½ years I did. But even reading it on my own, there was much confusion and many questions. It wasn’t …

Missional Community Holes

Obviously I’ve written a lot about missional communities lately, but it must be recognized that missional communities have holes. They don’t solve every problem in the church despite reflecting the nature of Christian community described in the scriptures. The brilliant Todd Engstrom talks about seeing the church as both a collection of missional communities and …

Missional Community: Proximity over Affinity

At our church, we are defined by 3 core values, Gospel Enjoyment, Intentional Community, and Prayerful Mission and our Community Groups aim to contextualize these values in their neighborhood. They are often guided by 3 convictions that we believe assist them in being a gospel community on mission. Those 3 convictions are proximity over affinity, …

Pursuing Prayerful Mission

How does a church become missional? This seems to be the question that many churches are asking, wondering how a church moves from inwardly focused to externally focused, moving from simply loving one another to extending the love of Christ to the world. A predominant response is to swing the pendulum from a consistent focus …

A Vision for Gospel Communities on Mission

This past Saturday our church had a Covenant Membership class where we explain how the story of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ define our vision and mission as a church. It’s an opportunity to become a partner on ministry committed to caring for our community as our community commits to caring for you. …