I’ve always been liked the definition of the attractional church verses the missional church. For me, the attractional church is what I’ve been part of my whole life and what I have to keep fighting against in my current setting. It’s the notion that church is all about getting people to come to it. The missional is all about sending folks out. It’s about meshing the concept of “missions” with the daily lives of Christians.
Here’s how Ken Carter describes it:
There’s an important distinction to be made between “attractional church” and “missional church.” Some key differences include:
- An attractional church sees itself as the center toward which people and resources flow.
- A missional church sees itself as a gathering from which people and resources flow toward the world.
- Attractional absorbs people into community. Missional sends them out.
Of course, most healthy and vital congregations are both attractional and missional.
But, I would argue, most churches are MORE attractional than they are missional. Which is a problem.