Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

This is from Redemption Hill Community Church in Auburn, Maine. This was a new church plant, with Missional Communities build into its DNA. While I know that new church starts are challenging and, for all the success stories we read, there are stories of “plants” that never “grew.” Nevertheless, sometimes starting new can be easier …

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Here is a brief, not exhaustive, check list of things to consider: Be sure: Know that this is a God idea not just a good idea. Vision: Seek and clarify a clear vision for the proposed Missional Community. First with the leaders of the group then with the members. Explain: Clearly set out the idea …

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We’re trying here. During Lent we’re hoping (maybe “I’m hoping”) to begin a 6-week experiment in missional community, building off of our previous work with our “Downtown Grace” group of last spring…building off of our women’s Bible study…building off of several sermon series that have been laying the theological foundations. I’m not sure how it …

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B.E.L.L.S. How do the five habits cultivate missional living? Good question because, “I want you to alert others to the universal reign of God through Christ,” sounds great and is a magnificent definition. But I think for the average Christian, the question is, “Well, what does that actually mean that I do in real life, …

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Another way to define Missional Community: A Missional Community is a group of people committed to living on mission in biblical community together. Missional Communities are more than a once-a-week meeting, Sunday School class, or Bible study. The people in a Missional Community do study the Bible and push each other toward Jesus, but they …

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The following is the Rule of Life I came up with to meet my initial vision for a missional community in Seward, Alaska.  It is based on coursework with the Academy for Missional Wisdom.  I adapted it, too, from what I found at Chiara House.  There might be too many bullet points, but I like …

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The following is take from The Missional Wisdom Foundation, whose Academy for Missional Wisdom I’ve been working with for over a year now. This has roots in St. Benedict and John Wesley.  I think this is pretty good. Picture what your “group” would look like if this was how you checked in with each other …

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That’s the question asked by the pastor of Renovation Church in Atlanta as they looked at starting a new church plant. But, more than that question, this is a great video about having “City Groups” (missional communities/huddles/LIFE Groups) engaged with their community. In particular, I love the image of the group meeting, with kids on …

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…our discipleship process tends to focus all of our energy on learning to love God without accounting for integration into our relationships? We tend to take a limited view that lacks opportunities for seeing life transformation happen as a continual process of development. “How can a person work out issues of forgiveness, repentance, anger, fear, holiness, generosity, etc. without other people involved in the process?,” [says Matt Smay] (via)

January 31, 2014