Connect with Each Other 

A missional community is a people not a place. You can’t go to missional community. Many will say, “We are going to our small group,” or “We are going to our life group,” etc., but this cannot be said about missional communities.  A missional community is a family of missionary servants sent together to show and speak the good news to a particular context by the power of the Spirit. We have unplanned things happen, interruptions, lives always intertwining, celebrations, times of mourning, fights, etc., it’s who you are, not where you go. so too with missional community.

The first question that a missional community asks is, “Who does God desire us to pursue for his glory and fame?” A missional community consists of neighbors, not strangers. A missional community seeks to understand two things: How do we love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength? How do we love our neighbor as ourselves? As we seek to answer these questions, we seek to answer them as disciples and as neighbors. We do this both in our own personal lives, but we also answer these questions on how we can do this together and be the body of Christ, instead of solos of Christ.  We, as a family, seek to know our neighbors so much so that we know how we can love them in the ways they’d consider love.

A missional community is intentional, not busy. Ask anyone at our church gathering next week how they are doing and almost everyone will respond to that question the same way: I’m busy. Missional-community life gives in to that and agrees … we are all busy. But, what we ask is how, can we be more intentional with the times that we are busy.  We do take it that extra step and ask, “Is there anything we should be taking out of our lives so that we can be even more intentional with those as a community we’d like to reach?” Because we are always asking the Spirit to tell us who we are supposed to show off Jesus to, it means our business is held with an open hand and we know that God can do as he pleases with our schedule.  But as we maintain our current schedule, how can we be more intentional with it? Not only that, but how can we invite others in our missional community into that busyness so we are not by ourselves in this intentional busyness?

A missional community is serving, not self-seeking. A missional community holds its schedule with an open hand. We are proactively looking for how we can serve those that God is sending us to, but we also keep enough margin in our schedules to ensure the Spirit can drop anything and anyone in our lives and we have the ability to serve them. We are not given schedules to serve them, but we are given our schedules for them to serve us. We are not slaves to our schedules. We say in my community, whoever needs serving, whatever they need, whenever they need it.  

We always have the posture of servants, desiring to serve others as we have been served by God.  This completely redirects our attitudes of why we are here and why God gives us both schedules and margin in our lives. It’s not so that we are self-seeking with them, but so that we are servants with them.