We are currently undergoing one of the major shifts of Christian history. It is a new reformation which calls for our focus being ecclesia — the spiritual creation of God which is a fellowship of friends and followers of Jesus (C. Andrew Doyle, 2017), rather than the primary focus on a religious institution. It is a call to being a radically generous, loving, justice-seeking, and peace-making group of disciples (Brian McLaren, 2016). It is being missional: proclaiming and living the message of Jesus in service to the world.

Vital congregations emphasize proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus rather than maintaining their institutional existence. God calls Christian communities to participate in God’s mission while cultivating a missional identity. Missional experimentation defines what it means to be followers of Jesus who calls us to participate in the in-breaking of God’s reign in our context (Craig Van Gelder and Dwight J. Zscheile, 2011).

This is an invitation to reimagine church as a missional community of followers of Jesus. In this space I will share more on helping cultivate missional Christian communities for our present day and into the future. Stay tuned for more to come…

 

Select Book Resources

The Jesus Heist: Recovering the Gospel from the Church by C. Andrew Doyle

The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian McLaren

The Missional Church in Perspective by Craig Van Gelder and Dwight J. Zscheile

The Agile Church by Dwight J. Zscheile

The New Parish by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight J. Friesen

Christianity After Religion by Diana Butler Bass

 

Select Groups, Conferences, Workshops

Convergence and The Center for Progressive Renewal

Missional Voices

Evangelism Matters