Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Missional Church

Larry Chouinard has a list of 16 features of the Missional Church. The list is being added to in the comment section.

The blog begings with two significant definitions:
The first from Robert Webber, Ancient-Future Evangelism, p. 129
“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.”

The second from Frost and Hirsch, The Shaping of Things to Come, p.229
“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]."

1 comment:

The Righteousness of God said...

So is your church (body) considering a name change: Trinity Missional Church?