Becoming a Missional Community
The outworking of the knowledge of God (spirituality)
in and through the life of a faith community (church)
so as to join in with the purposes of God (kingdom)
in giving loving attention to the needs of the world around us (mission),
drawing people to the fire of God's love (evangelism)
so that they may share with us in God's life-giving mission to all creation.
** to be missional has a different meaning than the 'doing mission & outreach work' to which we are accustomed.
What's the connection between "mission" and "outreach"? It is ultimately, so much more than ministry that hopes to attract people to Sunday worship. The key to nurturing new disciples begins with authentic relationship-building. From https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/missional-engagement-relationships/
MORE Mission Schools - MORE is not an acronym, it is our recognition that God wants MORE for us and our parishes than just survival. Check out their page for more information, dates, and locations!
25 Great (Parish & Community Activity) Ideas - These are from a contest held in the U.K., and although they were provided as fundraising ideas, could easily be converted to missional activities.
Natural Church Development - is a paradigm – a set of principles for thinking about church growth. Click the link for more information!
New Member Ministry - this collection of documents provides some templates for bringing new people into the life of your parish in a more intentional way than usually happens.
Incorporating New Members
Creating a Place of Welcome