Missional communities are the primary way we connect with others, live our lives on mission and remind one another of the gospel. The idea stems from two obvious root concepts: “missional” and “community” both of which are as hot in the church world as the words "organic" and "enlightenment" are in Boulder. It would be helpful if we had a working definition of both of these terms:
Living missionally is a posture and attitude of life that reveals the regeneration of the Christian who lives out his or her responsibility to do the work of the ministry by contextualizing and representing the kingdom of God to the watching world.
Communities are groups of people who encourage and reorient one another to the gospel by living sacrificially in relationship with others, seeking the good of the city through service, and striving to know God intimately together by bringing the gospel to bear on their lives and the world.
In essence, a Missional Community is a group of redeemed people, knowing their redeemer and seeking to introduce other people to Him.
There are various types of mission creep within a Missional Community. One of the biggest challenges Missional Communities face is perpetuating a view of missionality as event attendance. You don’t attend a Missional Community, you are part of a Missional Community. Missional Community is not an event on a weeknight; it is an identity which integrates the gospel into relationships with your community. We tend to set our hopes and desires on the idea that non-Christians will come to our gatherings and we pour all of our efforts into this. While there is a time for events that are evangelistic in essence, life is not lived that way. This kind of thinking can also lead to many mission misconceptions. Ultimately, it misconstrues God into a guy that's just trying to get everyone to like him and show up to his party.
The specific and purposeful phraseology of the name “missional community” is to be an intentional reminder that we are not saved just for our own sake but for God’s sake, who desires for many people to come to Him.
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