If you have ever planted a church, pastored a church, or lead a ministry you are familiar with the “how is your church doing?” question from friends, family members, and well-wishers. What I have found is that what people are really asking when they ask this question is, “is your church growing?“. They want to […]Read more "Missional Community Metrics"
There is no great work of God that doesn’t begin with prayer. As a missional community leader I think it is of utmost importance that I am praying for the Lord to go before me and lead me into disciple making. If I want to see the Father use my MC, I must pray and […]Read more "Get Out and Pray"
In all of the “missional community” talk it can be good to pause from time to time and ask some questions: Am I really a part of a missional community? Is “missional community” just a new name for “small group”? What is our mission anyway? Here are 4 signs that you are part of a […]Read more "4 Signs That You Are Part Of A “Missional Community”"
Last week Nate Navarro posted (read it here) giving us three things not to do when leading a missional community. One of the things Nate pointed out was that we should not de-value Sundays. Here is a follow up to that giving practical ways missional communities can value Sunday gatherings. 1. Prayerfully approach Sundays Develop […]Read more "5 Ways Missional Communities Can Value Sundays"
1 DON’T EXPECT EVERYONE TO “GET IT” This is where leaders get hung up a lot: they read a book (like Total Church), go to a conference (like Verge), develop a man crush on a leader (like Jeff Vanderstelt), and suddenly expect everybody in their community to “get it”. The reality is that all of […]Read more "3 Things “Not To Do” If You’re Leading A Missional Community"
As we plant missional communities we want every MC to be a family that understands that mission is an ancient work, we want to approach mission reactively and proactively, and we want to accept that mission happens in seasons. To finish out my series on “Understanding Mission” I will unpack seasons of mission. Seasons of Mission Being a […]Read more "Understanding Mission: Seasons of Mission"
Reactive and Proactive Mission Not only is it important to understand that we are joining God in an ancient work, but we must also understand that our missional activity is dependent upon the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Throughout the book of Acts and the Epistles we see the Holy Spirit acting as the guide, […]Read more "Understanding Mission: Reactive and Proactive"
In my last post, I shared the importance of clearly defining the mission of God with the people you are leading. We will not be able to get people on mission, unless everyone understands what God is doing in our world through the gospel. In the next three posts I want to share a few […]Read more "Understanding Mission: An Ancient Work"
One of the things that I have learned over the last few years of leading and planting missional communities is that getting people to understand their missionary identity in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17-21) is challenging. This challenge can often be credited to our western culture that has taught us that we exist for self. This […]Read more "Understanding Mission: What is it?"
As we are leading people on Jesus’ mission of making disciples it is always important to stop and reflect to make sure that we are being a healthy family. Below are five questions that we have found helpful when reflecting on our MCs. Do we have a clearly defined mission for making disciples and are […]Read more "Missional Community Health: 5 Critical Questions"