loren Eric Swanson: The Missional Church

Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Missional Church

My very good friend, John Bruce, sent me this link on the missional church. It's very worthy.

The Missional Church http://lchouinard.blogspot.com/2006/01/missional-church.html

Two significant definitions helps us to isolate certain features of a missional church:“The missional church rejects the association of Christianity with American values and the association of the church with entertainment, marketing, and corporate business models. The missional church is reading both Scripture and culture with new eyes. It sees that what is determined by the Christian faith is more than being a good, upright citizen. It sees the church as something different from the smooth corporate model of business. This emerging church calls for honest, authentic faith that seeks to be church in the way of a more radical discipleship.” (Robert Webber, Ancient-Future Evangelism, p. 129)“A missional church is one whose primary commitment is to the missionary calling of the people of God. . . it is one that aligns itself with God’s missionary purposes in the world. . . The missional church is a sent church with one of its defining values [incarnating Jesus’ life and values in the culture it is embedded]”.(Frost and Hirsch, The Shaping of Things to Come, p.229)
(1) A missional church is externally focused.
(2) A missional church is culturally engaged without being absorbed.
(3) A missional church is incarnationally not institutionally driven.
(4) A missional church is about discipleship not church membership.
(5) A missional church is patterned after God's missionary purpose in the world.
(6) A missional church seeks to establish Kingdom outposts to retake territory under the control of the Evil One.
(7) A missionary church seeks to plant,grow, and multiply missionary communities.
(8) A missionary church trains and equips new leaders to enter territories under seige by Dark Forces. We learn in the context of mission not in the security of our comfort zone.
(9) A missional church highlights character, virtue, and compassionate deeds as the most effective witness to God's Kingdom.
(10) A missional church connects to Jesus through mission not doctrinal precision.
(11) A missional church adopts an organizational structure and internal forms based on mission not ecclesiastical traditions.
(12) A missional church sees itself as organic and not in static institutional forms.
(13) A missional church pursues relationships across generational, ethnic, economic and cultural lines of distinctions.
(14) A missional church seeks to partner with the community to "seek the shalom" of the community.
(15) A missional church assembles to seek God's presence and to be realigned with God's missionary purpose.
(16) A missionary church seeks to reawaken a movement ethos as together we engage our cultural context.What other features would you add if the 21st century church is to be missional?


At Saturday, April 08, 2006 9:02:00 PM, Blogger Kraakerjack said...

Hey Eric,

Thanks for a great weekend. This is Mark Kraakevik. I am the youth pastor from Centennial. I have a blog at xanga.com/kraakerjack

I am going to look up that San Salvador article like you suggested. I am also distributing the power point to Theresa and Nick. I will also make it available to the rest of the staff on our church network.

Hope you have a great Sunday. I will be in touch.

At Tuesday, April 11, 2006 3:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Shaping of Things to Come is a terrific book -- a must read, for those not easily offended.


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