A Missional Community consists of a committed core of believers (FAMILY) who live out the mission of God together (MISSIONARIES) in a specific area or to a particular group by demonstrating the gospel in tangible forms (SERVANTS) and declaring the gospel to others, both those who believe it and those who are being exposed to it (LEARNERS).
To clarify, a Missional Community is NOT primarily a small group, Bible study, support group, social activist group, or weekly meeting.
When you think of a family that is working biblically, what things come to mind? They spend time together, they laugh, they cry, sometimes they rub each other the wrong way, the lean on each other, rely on each other, they eat together. The main idea? They are together. In a missional community at Revolution, we make a commitment to be with each other, to spend time together. Whether that is a game night, on a holiday, after church, watching a game, seeing a child’s play. They are together. They schedule regularly to be together, to make each other a priority, to include each other in their lives. If someone has a need in a missional community, the family comes together to meet it.
A missional community is on mission together in a specific area or a particular group of people. That might be a school, a neighborhood, international students, teachers, single mom’s. Together as a missional community, they seek to be the gospel to a particular group or area. Answering questions like:
- What truths of the gospel do they need to hear specifically? (The gospel is the same for everyone, but different people need to hear specific parts).
- What are some barriers to the gospel to this group of people?
- Where do they spend their time? What do they do with their time?
- How can we include ourselves in what they are doing on their turf?
A mission should not be anything new to your life. Too many people miss this and then burn out. Your mission should be something you already do, a place you already spend time. Before embarking on a mission as a missional community, make sure you already do the mission you are heading into. As a leader, you simply want to invite people into something you are already doing.
Each missional community then looks at their mission and determines how to serve together to fulfill that mission in their world. They also make commitments and seek ways to serve on a regular basis together and in everyday ways on their own. Their time together is then a celebration of what God has done throughout the week and the ways they’ve partnered with Him in their world.
Followers of Jesus grow and mature in their relationship with God. The goal of a missional community is not to simply study the Bible, but for the Bible to change us. Questions we often ask about a passage:
- What does this passage tell us about God? What characteristics do we see about Him in this passage? Why are those important?
- What does this passage say about humans in general? What does this passage say about me and what I’m like?
- What does this passage call us to?
- Why do we need Jesus to fulfill the call this passage has placed on our lives?
Why They are Important at Revolution Church
If you don’t get into a missional community at Revolution, you’ll miss some of the best parts of Revolution. This is the space where discipleship, mission, shepherding care and community happen. This is where life happens. This is where counseling is able to take place in the context of relationships. Discipleship happens in the context of being a part of each other’s lives.
This is also the step of “membership” at Revolution. While we call it partnership because member sounds like a golf club. Each year, those in a missional community create a covenant together, that they sign. This covenant not only lays out what a particular missional community will be about, how they will live out their mission and the identities, there is also a piece of it that each person makes a commitment to Revolution Church at large. By “re-upping” each year instead of a once and done approach, this allows us to have more accountability. Every year, we commit to a group of people and to the church, once again saying, “I’m in.”
If you aren’t in a missional community or have questions about how we do them at Revolution, please contact Mike Miller.