A Missional Community is a Family of Jesus followers who learn to make disciples in the everyday stuff of life.
A Missional Community (MC for short) is where we learn to fulfill Jesus' mission of being disciples who make disciples. They are a central environment for us to be the church as the priesthood of believers.
Followers of Jesus increasingly submit to Him in all of life, are being changed by Him, obey Him, and teach others to do the same.
Discipleship is the process of bringing all of life under the lordship and empowering presence of Jesus Christ.
In order to accomplish the mission of making disciples, Missional Communities create an environment where life-on-life, life-in-community, and life-on-mission can occur.
Life-on-life. Being together in the everyday allows for visibility and accessibility. We see each other’s lives in the everyday stuff so that people know what it looks like to follow Jesus in all of life. With familiarity and accountability, we are able to authentically assess and encourage growth in discipleship.
Life-in-community. One on one discipleship will lead to a disciple looking like the one who discipled them. Community discipleship will lead to disciples looking more like Jesus as he works through the diverse people and gifts in his body. Community is also the context in which we care for each other as a good family and live out the one-another passages of Scripture (e.g. bear one another’s burdens, pray for one another, submit to one another, etc.)
Life-on-Mission. Mission reveals areas of life that need repentance and ensures we are equipping people to make disciples who make disciples. In order to lead people to see all of life as worship and discipleship, we must equip disciples to engage the everyday with Gospel intentionality–doing what they would normally do differently in light of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
When a discipleship environment maintains a faithful tension in regards to Gospel/Scriptural truth, community, spiritual disciplines, accountability and mission, we see the fruitful advance of the Gospel. This looks like evangelism and edification, new believers coming to trust in Jesus, and maturing believers being conformed to the image of Christ.
Want to learn more? Stop by our Connect Table in the lobby at our Sunday Gathering, and plan to attend our next Intro To Soma orientation.