As we continue to form around around the gospel, mission and community one of the questions we are asking is who is qualified to lead a missional community? What are the characteristics, competencies and convictions of a MC leader? Soma has provided us with their Missional Community Leadership Assessment Interview where they meet with individuals or couples if married to interview/assess
- Personal History/Stories
- Spiritual Formation
- Gospel Understanding
- Identity in Christ
- Marriage and Family
What are your thoughts? Any other areas you would assess?
Download: Missional Community Leadership Assessment Interview (pdf)
MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES DEFINED
A Missional Community (MC) is a committed core of believers who live out the mission of God together in a specific area or to a particular people group by demonstrating the gospel in tangible forms and declaring the gospel to others – both those who believe it and those who are being exposed to it.
To Clarify…A Missional Community is not PRIMARILY:
- A Small Group
- A Bible Study
- A Support Group
- A Social Activist Group
- A Weekly Meeting
Download: Leading a Missional Community (pdf)
How to establish a Missional Communities Direction including the 'mission' of the community, how the community should be led, MC responsibilities, activities and more. Created from a gospel-centered, triperspectival angle.
Credits: Soma Communities, edited for Kaleo by David Fairchild.
At Kaleo church , we call our home groups “missional communities,” (MC’s). The title serves as an intentional reminder of why we exist here on this earth: to love God and neighbor. Not surprisingly, this is also one of the healthiest assets to a formal counseling relationship. Gone is the separatist mentality of old-school counseling: “me and my therapist.” Gone is the stereo-typical break in relationship between counselor and counselee: “I have no relationship with you outside of my office.” In their place is the Scriptural portrait of “brother and sister,” “life-on-life,” and valued body members, all “in Christ.” Its a beautiful thing, yet strange to individualist (worldy) thinking.
In truth, this body relationship is foundational and is what “creates” one-another counseling for Christians. Its a full-on, Acts 2:44 model. And its also what moves us out to “counsel the world” together (as the title “missional” and “community” imply), for the community that lives under the cross also takes the cross to the ends of the earth together, as they are gripped and transformed by the pursuing love of Christ (As proof, Acts 2:47 tells us God added to their number daily those who were being saved.)
..continue reading post by Steve Trout: Missional Communities as Extension of the Counseling Process
Also read about developing counselors in community .
Here is Multiplying Missional Communities that expands on the Leadership Development in Community series focusing on the Missional Community Leader. (Eugene gets credit for the this one.) He writes regarding when/how to replicate:
Expect the Spirit to work in and through Community
As our communities gather rdinary people doing ordinary things with gospel intentionality, we should both pray for and expect the Spirit to work among us. Asking for Wisdom: As your MC reaches 18-20 you should begin to pray for wisdom, guidance, and direction in earnest.
Organic Cues: Like those who disbelieved Peter stood at the oor (Acts 12) we can often pray without faith. When the right time to plant comes we can expect the spirit to use
organic cues or natural signs.
– Major life changes (i.e. –having a baby,)
– Mercy opportunities arising
– People moving into areas of the city your MC hoped or needed to plant anyway.
Over the weekend a company in Turkey must have decided they liked the Ekklesia 360 website.
Their site: [snip]REMOVED[/snip].
UPDATE: The owner of the site has taken it down. Thanks for your help!
Today, a lot of what is called church planting is really starting a new 1 hour service for people to attend. There's a belief that just by opening your doors and great preaching, you will start a revolution. We've seen these new churches spring up and begin to market themselves as the cool new 'un-church' where they hope to get marginal Christians to commit to the new endeavor. The debates go back and forth about planting with a core or planting big and gathering a core from that. As we've been involved in church planting, our thinking has changed. Here is how we envision Planting New Gatherings in the City (pdf):
1. A Team (some call this an Apostolic Team) of people (Missional Community) are on mission in a specific area of the city. This Missional Community has the DNA intended to replicate, be on mission and disciple people.
2. The Missional Community multiplies. See also: Missional Community Leader Development (pdf)
3. As several new Missional Communities are formed in an area, they begin to be trained to create a new gathering in the city. This includes a weekly worship service to gather the communities to celebrate, worship and hear the Word of God.
4. A movement of Missional Communities and gatherings spreads through the city as a visible witness and gospel hermeneutic.
See also: Leadership Development in Community and people of God exercising their gifts as Prophets, Priests & Kings.