An Overview of Missional Communities

February 28, 2013 — Leave a comment

A missional community is a community of Christians, on mission with God in obedience to the Holy Spirit, who demonstrate tangibly and declare creatively the gospel of Jesus Christ to a pocket of people.

Last fall, my friend Jon Dansby and I wrote a few short articles to recast some vision to our church about missional communities.  They’re a helpful overview of some basic convictions and practices of missional communities at The Austin Stone.

  1. Why Missional Communities?
  2. What is a Missional Community?
  3. MC Practice 1 – Life Transformation Groups
  4. MC Practice 2 – Third Place
  5. MC Practice 3 – Family Meeting
  6. MC Wrap Up

I’ll be covering these practices briefly in my talk at the Verge Conference tomorrow. You can tune in here: http://www.vergenetwork.org/webcast/

Let me know what you think!

Todd Engstrom

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Although I was raised in the church and had a knowledge of God, I didn’t embrace Jesus until I heard gospel preached and lived out by some Young Life leaders. God has proven faithful and good to me since that day, even in great suffering and loss. I have learned to treasure Romans 8:28 as a wellspring of hope and truth. God has blessed me with an amazing wife (Olivia), three sons (Micah, Hudson and Owen) and a daughter (Emmaline). Growing up in the northwest, the thought never crossed my mind that I would have four children who are native Texans. Despite landing in the south, I still watch Notre Dame games with my children every Saturday in hopes they will land at my alma mater.

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