Transitioning to Missional Communities

  • May be more of a matter of creating Missional communities rather than repurposing groups as Missional communities—Social Contract

  • Social Contract—agreement between members of a group (sometimes unspoken) that the group exists for certain purposes and not for others. In transition, this contract will be broken. This break with the contract will put some people off—and they may leave. They are not wrong to do so—however, it is important to help the transition by explaining what is happening, rather than just forcing it to happen.

  • Public Gatherings will transition to a more story oriented gathering. Stories may be mundane, not all ‘Cadillac’ stories, need to show that living on mission can be complicated and involves failure.

  • Examples of types of Missional Communities (based on their mission/vision):

    • Neighborhood gatherings, age groups, High schools, nursing homes, urban poor, after school homework club, prison ministry, divorce care, gardening, young family, college students, moms, ETC.

  • Realize that there needs to be a tipping point of support within the group before it transforms or is created by others

    • 17-18% of people need to be on board for an idea to reach a tipping point.

  • Tips for transition

    • Disciple making should honor the history/original focus of the group (remembering the original mission of the church)

    • Make it personal—tell a story of how you wish someone you loved could come to Jesus

    • Leaders have to do it as well (leading by example—not just for laity)

    • Vision must also be about restoration of the city. –what does it look like to be good news to the city?

    • What are we measuring—stories are a big deal to this sort of movement.

    • Give it time. 2-3 generations of MCs are productive—1st generation may be more by-design than organic.

  • Leadership for MC

    • Committed to Christ

    • Committed to the Church (and our church)

    • Need a mission/vision

    • Accountability—for the leader, their character, amongst other leaders

    • Can they gather people?

    • NOTE: Develop leadership—leadership is caught rather than taught. Be a custodian of vision, have potential leaders be part of a working group (model group) so that leaders see how it works.