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Missional Communities series | Post #22

May 5, 2011

In church world right now, Missional Communities are the “sexy” thing. They are the seeker sensitive service on their day, right? Obviously we believe them to be quite different and coming from a different place biblically, theologically, strategically, practically and philosophically. But the way that people talk about it…it has that same “new car” shine.

So let’s break down that metaphor for a second.

Missional Communities really are the beautiful vehicle that will get you to the missional places God is calling you to go. Honestly, they really are.

But here’s what so important to understand: Missional Communities may be the sleek vehicle for mission, but discipleship is the engine. Without a process for discipleship for your leaders (which mean low control, high accountability), your car is going no where.

What is your process for discipleship for your leaders and does your process work?

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  1. May 5, 2011 2:49 am

    Sometimes leadership and leadership development is viewed more from the point of view o control rather than true empowerment. They tend to be final rather than developmental, meaning we look for those who are already fully developed (seminary graduates, etc.) rather than developing. So we focus more on choosing people first based on character and commitment. Then we give them leadership roles and tasks, but not leadership positions or titles. Then we challenge them to go through ongoing training as they experience challenges in fulfilling their roles or tasks. We see failure as part of development, and not a sign that the person cannot be a leader. We try to approach leadership development in our communities from a developmental, redemptive perspective. Hopefully, it will work in the long run. Wisdom is proven by her children.

  2. Brian Williamson permalink
    May 5, 2011 11:37 am

    We engine is called huddle and yes it works. ; )

    The oil for that engine is the discipling process of Jesus for which we use a tool called the square from our discipling toolkit called lifeshapes to help people identify where they are at in the process of growing toward maturity. Without this engine running on all fours, our MC’s would not have confident and equipped leaders and would lack momentum, maturity and multiplication.

  3. May 5, 2011 3:19 pm

    Mike, I appreciate your post, and this series. I’m considering ways to be more intentional with our community (3-4 families) in providing to our children a specific mission. I want them to know that we are part of a bigger story, our “group” doesn’t just meet to eat pastries and drink coffee and pray for each other (while that’s important), we also live for impacting others as well.

    If you want to read about technology being the backbone to the process of discipleship, you can download a free copy of our e-book, Leveraging Technology to Make Disciples.
    http://www.churchcommunitybuilder.com/ebook/

    Thank you for this blog and calling us to something authentic.

  4. The Neemanns permalink
    May 6, 2011 5:43 am

    trey and i as well are “working toward maturity”, and are so excited about it!! all of things we are involved in are propelling us to this. thx sooooo much for your direction!!!

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