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.
TRY A PILOT MISSIONAL COMMUNITY
A Pilot Missional Community is an 8-week journey, led by Jeff Vanderstelt, devoted to learning the fundamentals of missional community life. Each week we will share a meal together, receive teaching over the material, and participate in group discussions to help learn and apply what God has in store for us this coming season.
We call it “Pilot” Missional Community because, like the first episode of a new TV series, you are testing out the concept and trying to learn more. You can’t script it all out or pretend to know all the twists and turns the plot will take. Real life is like that, and so is life on mission. Life on mission means following the Holy Spirit, together, as he leads you each day.
If you're feeling called to lead a group or to open up your home to host a group for a leader, please email Jeff Vanderstelt.
Register for the next Pilot MC beginning in the Fall of 2018:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I join an MC / meet people at Doxa?
This is our most popular question. We have two primary "on-ramps" to community at Doxa. The first, is what we call Welcome Lunch. This is a place to hear a brief explanation of our history, what we are doing now, and what we hope to do in the future. It's led by our pastors and staff, and you sit at a table with others from your region of the Puget Sound. This is a great first step for new people at Doxa.
Step two, is to sign-up and participate in a Pilot Group. These happen every 8-weeks or so. The Pilot Group is designed to give you an immersive experience in what a missional community is. You'll walk through some discussions together, eat together, and after the eight weeks have the option to form a new missional community.
I want to start my own MC. What do I need to do?
Attend the next pilot group 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 Jessica Pohle.