One of the questions we get a lot is how to explain a Missional Community to someone who doesn't know what it is.
The biggest thing I've seen is that you need to contextualize the answer to who you are talking to.
- If it's someone who has strong church background, I'll say it's a little like a small group but it works a bit more like a family.
- If it's someone who is cynical about church, I'll usually say we are a group of Jesus followers who think the church should look a lot more like what we see happening in the early church than what we see "church" look like today. So we are a bit like a network of house churches, with each one having a focus.
- For someone with no church background, (which is rarer in the United States than people might think), I'd say that we are a group of people who are living for the good of this group of people or neighborhood. We've asked "if God were fully present and everything is as it should be, what would be different?" Well...we want to stand in the gap of the way things are and the way things could be. And we think a spiritual family is what does that.
So it's constantly nuanced to who I'm talking to.
THEIR FOLLOW-UP Q: So what do you do there?
If people ask what we do, I just answer with a explained version of Up, In or Out: We pray and worship and study the Bible on some nights. We take care of each other and make sure every person who is part of it has what they need. And we regularly step into the brokenness of the (insert Mission Vision) to see more life and resurrection in that place.