What is a Missional Community?

March 12, 2013 — 5 Comments

In a previous series, I worked through the primary reasons we pursue missional communities at The Austin Stone.

Whether you’re new to the idea of missional communities, or have been implementing them for a long time, I’d love to start some dialogue around what they actually are.  Is a missional community something new, or just a repackaging of an old idea? 

In this series of posts, I will take a look at this question:

“What is a Missional Community?”

The series will be unpacked in the parts below:

  1. Part 1 – Other’s Definitions of Missional Community
  2. Part 2 – A Vision for Missional Community
  3. Part 3 – A Definition of Missional Community
  4. Part 4 – On Mission with God
  5. Part 5 – A Pocket of People
  6. Part 6 – More Than a Bible Study

What would you like to see more of, or have me expand on?

Let me know in the comments!

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.

5 responses to What is a Missional Community?

  1. I’m really keen to read this. Blog away!

    You may cover it and some point but I’d like to read about how you might ensure that a Missional Community isn’t simply the latest fashion in ‘church building’.

    • Paul,
      I hadn’t planned on writing specifically on that topic…let me do some thinking on it. What particular questions/challenges would you have to missional communities that would help me shape a response?
      Thanks for chiming in!

  2. Looking forward to reading this, Todd!

  3. I have an image for you Todd on Part 6. Already drawn…but yet to be released.

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