What missional churches look like

Posted on December 12, 2008


What missional churches look like

What, then, do missional churches look like? They are more than the things listed below, but certainly they are:

Incarnational: Missional churches are deeply connected to the
community. The church is not focused on its facility, but is focused on
living, demonstrating, and offering biblical community to a lost world.
I am excited that Danny Preston, who was mentioned in the Index
story, has become a part of the biker community that he is trying to
reach by working at a motorcycle store while planting Logos Church in
Little Five Points in partnership with First Baptist of Atlanta. He is
an incarnation of the Gospel in an unreached community.

Indigenous: Missional churches are indigenous. Churches that
are indigenous have taken root in the soil and reflect, to some degree,
the culture of their community. An indigenous church looks different
from Seattle to Senegal to Singapore. We would expect and rejoice at an
African church worshipping to African music, in African dress, with
African enthusiasm. So shouldn’t we rejoice at churches of different
missional expressions across Georgia, North America, and the world? The
messianic congregation at Jonesboro Baptist is one of many examples –
in this case indigenous to Jewish culture.

Intentional. Missional churches are intentional about their
methodologies. There are scripturally commanded requirements about
church, preaching, discipline, baptism and many other biblical
practices. Church and worship can’t take just any form. In missional
churches, those biblical forms are central, but things like worship
style, evangelism methods, attire, service times, locations, and many
other man-made customs are not chosen simply based on the preference of
the members. Instead, the forms are best determined by their
effectiveness in a specific cultural context.

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