A missional community (MC for short) is a family of servant missionaries sent on mission by God as disciples who make disciples.
WHAT IS A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY?
A missional community is much more than a weekly event. MCs gather together at different times throughout the week to fulfill Jesus' mission of being disciples who make disciples. Together we learn how to worship and submit to Jesus in all of life by learning how to love one another as family, worship Jesus as servants who serve others, and share the good news of Jesus Christ as his sent missionaries.
Every missional community identifies a group of people whom they believe God is sending them to love, serve, and share Jesus with. It could be a neighborhood or network of relationships. Some choose to love and serve local schools, while others will identify people they already are in regular relationship with. We want to see every place where we live, work, learn and play blessed by God’s people on God’s mission.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I join an MC / meet people at Doxa?
This is our most popular question. We have one primary "on-ramp" to community at Doxa called the Discipleship Pathway. The first step in the Discipleship Pathway is to attend Doxa 101. Doxa 101 will give you an opportunity to have lunch with the pastors, leaders, and people in your region. You'll hear the vision, mission and distinctives of Doxa with next steps to get further connected. The next Doxa 101 is on Sunday, January 6th, at 12:45p. You can sign up here.
I want to start my own MC. What do I need to do?
Attend the next Doxa 101 and express your interest to the regional pastor in the place where your group would be planted. They will walk you through the process to become an official MC.
Can you give me some examples of what people choose as their defined mission?
You bet! Some people choose a local elementary, middle, or high school and ask about the needs they have (support teachers, paying lunch debts, running events, caring for kids under the poverty line). Others partner with adoption and foster care services. Others work with the homeless, marginalized, or abused in their community.
The truth is, there are really a thousand ways to show the love of Christ in the places you live, work, and play.
What's the right size for a missional community?
Most missional commuities find that the sweet spot is between 8-14 adults, plus kids. This makes coordinating life together more manageable. Most people's homes can handle that size crowd as well, with some creativity and some folding chairs. Once a group gets much larger than that, we reccomend planting a new group under an apprentice leader that has completed a pilot group.
If you have other questions about MCs, please email Adam Hillyer.