Five Marks Of A Missional Community

We often say that a missional community is just a vehicle that helps us learn to live a lifestyle of family on mission. If that’s true then we should expect that a missional community will need a bit more structure and definition than you would want to place on the lifestyle which is the destination. So while there are any number of ways to live as a family of disciples united with God on mission in your life, we want to define the vehicle of missional community so that it’s both recognizable to newcomers and easy to replicate in a variety of contexts.

People, plants or places… I help things grow.

4 Tips for Hosting Missional Community without Losing It

If you are going to have people in your home every week to eat a meal and share life with you, there are some tips we’ve learned along the way that make this a joy and not a burden! Lots of factors conspire against you to make it too hard and have you wishing you could back out, but with some intentional changes to your normal hosting habits, it is possible to look forward to it!

Wife, Mommy, Friend, Daughter of the King. Enjoys loving her family through good food and a warm candlelit table. Morning walks with Andy and games and conversation with her family of four, are essential to a good day. She has loved her little opportunities to travel to different parts of the world and looks forward to more of that. Some of her favorite things include, blue skies, warm breezes, ocean sunrises, good music, Thai noodles and well planned calendars.
Predictable Patterns

Predictable Patterns And Why They’re Important For Mission

Missional Communities have been an effective vehicle for mission for our church and many churches like ours who desire to grow in friendships, grow in their relationship with God but also grow in living on mission. In other words, they combine the “up, in and out” relationships of our lives together in one extended family on mission.

Stephanie Williams is a pastor and church planter in Minneapolis. She has led and launched multiple missional communities and has helped churches around the country to do the same. Her passion is to equip people to live on mission for the Kingdom of God in their everyday lives and ordinary spaces. She leads coaching groups for discipleship and missional communities for 3DM.

Rethinking Your Physical Space for Missional Community

For the last few years, dozens of people have gathered in our home every Monday night for dinner. Most weeks we eat well, like really well, with minimal planning and without a lot of extra time or effort. At this point, it almost feels easy and this gathering carries on in our home even when we’re out-of-town. Of course, it didn’t start this way from the beginning and we want to share some of the lessons we learned (many the hard way) over the last few years.

One of the assumptions that people make when we tell them about our Monday night meals, is that we must live in a big fancy house. The truth is that our house is not small but it is far from fancy and the main things that make our home work well for hosting a missional community are intentional choices that nearly everyone could make (though perhaps not all at the same scale).

In this post I want to focus on just a few choices we made about the actual physical space in our home that makes it easier to host a few dozen people on a regular basis without a lot of extra effort.

People, plants or places… I help things grow.