What does it mean for a church or a ministry to be “missional”?
Missio means “sent”. It comes from the Latin word for “mission” and it comes from the words that Jesus spoke to the first sent people, the disciples. In John 20:21 Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” A missional church is simply a church who has decided to embed and prioritize the sending impulse in every facet of the church – more specifically in every follower of Christ. To acknowledge that every believer is a missionary, whether that is to be a missionary across the room, across the street, or across the globe, provides the impetus for the missional church. Primarily, we do this by helping churches
- equip their people to engage culture through relationships, and to
- form smaller communities that actively participate in life and mission together.