What is Missional?

Posted: June 4, 2012 in Uncategorized
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In recent years, missiologists have added a word to our vocabulary. We often hear about a missional church? Or an organization being missional. Something I think is often suggested is many are mission minded, but not missional.

Missional is an adjective that describes a person or group acting as a missionary. In that sense of the word, every church should be missional, not just mindful about missions. Acts 1:8 is a great model, and the book of Acts fleshes it out for us. In that verse we are told that the result of the gift of the Holy Spirit is that we would be witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Ironically the mother church in Jerusalem seemed reluctant to leave their homes and venture out. So God allowed a great persecution that drove all of the believers from the city to the world, with the exception of the apostles. I wonder if there is a message of warning in that for churches that choose not to leave the comforts of home.

The model church, in my humble opinion, for the responsibility to be a missional church is found in Antiochs. It’s leadership represented many of the ethnic groups of the world, and they crossed all kinds of cultural barriers in reaching people of all ethnic groups. Then they were called Christians first in Antioch. (Probably no coincidence.)

The church in Antioch became a great church planting center. What will we be?


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