UP/IN/OUT/OF — A Four-Week Cycle for A Missional Community

I have been enthralled with all the various models of missional community that are out there. I’m overwhelmed. I’m inspired. As I read about another model, I can’t wait to see it in practice. And, well, here’s another model. It’s being used by Kat Lockwood in Australia and is based on the 3DM model:

Our four week cycle looks like this :

1st Sunday- We do a social activity that we can invite friends to (OUT and IN). A time to build community and build friendships. We are always looking for those people God might be leading us to connect with, to build relationships with. One of the greatest problems facing our Western world is loneliness and isolation. We believe that, like in times past when the church delivered the solution to the greatest problems of the time (health, education, and welfare), that today, the church as a community can be the solution to the sickness of our time. We make time for intentional connecting with others.

2nd Sunday- We are part of a wider Christian church, so on this Sunday we celebrate that and join with our parent church or another church that we are working with. (OF and UP)

3rd Sunday- We do our missional activity at the local retirement village (OUT). This involves simple activities that anyone can organise or run – a children’s Bible Story, some action songs (which in the interest of simplicity and familiarity tend to be the same songs each month), a very short message, and a craft activity or game that everyone participates in – children, parents, the elderly. This is followed by some unstructured play time/conversation time. This is our favourite week of the month – everyone goes away blessed.

4th Sunday- We do ‘family church‘ (UP and IN) – a simple church service in our home that uses a Godly Play story – a Montessorri method of storytelling that adults and children, Christians or not, can all engage with and process what God is saying at whatever point they are at. We eat together and enjoy each others’ company.

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Called Together

called together

[Our]calling is not isolated but communal. We are called together. We are called to grow up in Christ together. We are called to experience the gospel together. We are called to serve the poor together. We are called participate in the mission of God together.

(via Brad Watson)

The Missional Church


When used to describe a congregation or church body, ‘missional’ expresses that the church is focused on the missio Dei in its ministries. A ‘missional church’ recognizes that it is called to reach out into its community to connect with people outside of the church in order to bring them the Good News of Jesus. Without reference to how a church goes about doing so, a ‘missional church’ is outreach-oriented and committed to carrying out the Great Commission.

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Attractive Description of the Missional Church

This is from Felicity Dale

All over the world God is using intentionally small and rapidly multiplying families of his people to bring extraordinary numbers of people into the Kingdom.

Here in the United States, unless the Lord intervenes, we are only a generation away from being a post-Christian nation. (Research shows that only 4% of Gen Y, the oldest of whom turned 30 in 2010, is in church regularly.) For the first time since this nation was founded, church is no longer at the center of society; it is rapidly becoming irrelevant.

For centuries, we have had an attractional model of church. (“Come to our church meeting. Come and hear our special speaker.”) And thankfully, over the years, many have met Jesus this way. But God has always intended church to “go” to be missional. He asks us to join him in what he is doing outside the walls of our buildings whether that is our church buildings, or, for those of us involved in simple/organic/house churches, our homes.

Missional communities are patterned on the principle of going, so they meet where life happens. They are families of God’s people, centered on Jesus, sharing life together, and intentionally reaching out with the Good News of the Kingdom.

Within a missional community, Jesus as head of his church is a practical reality. Their core skill is listening to Jesus, and responding to what he tells them. They share life together. For them, church is neither a location nor an event, but a series of relationships, firstly with Jesus and then with each other. The groups are small enough to obey the “one another” of the New Testament “to love one another, bear one another’s burdens, teach and admonish one another” etc. Understanding and obeying God’s Word is their daily practice.

Via Felicity Dale of the Verge Network

Missional Tweets for Your Weekend

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