As you begin to explore the world of missional church and missional communities, you can encounter an overwhelming number of resources. I have spent a good deal of time reading through much of the literature available, and I thought it would be beneficial to provide some short commentary on many of the works available. I’ll cover a few different categories:
Missional practices focus primarily on what missional churches and communities do, rather than ideas that drive them. There aren’t a ton of resources available, but I’ve found the following to be quite helpful.
Launching Missional Communities by Mike Breen and Alex Absalom
Mike and Alex do a good job of providing a tangible plan for implementing missional communities and answering a host of practical questions. My particular definition of missional community would differ from theirs, as they tend to focus on the group size of 30 to 50, but there are still a number of helpful practicals within this resource. It occasionally tends toward being overly prescriptive, but then again they are as convinced about their methodology as I am, so I guess I can cut them some slack!
Search and Rescue by Neil Cole
In this book, Neil highlights the ideas of Life Transformation Groups, and how they play a role in cultivating disciples who make disciples. We adapted his methodology to form our own version of LTGs, but this is a great introduction that is thoroughly practical.
Church Planting Movements by David Garrison
My friend Stew gave me this book before I ever knew what a missional community was, and it really opened my eyes to how Christianity was spreading throughout the world. More specifically, this book looks at church planting and disciple making movements, and distills the fundamental practices that are universal to each movement. The two most important takeaways for me from this book were the centrality of prayer and the abundance of evangelism that is present in every movement of the gospel.
There are plenty more resources that I could mention in this series, but I’m sure you’ve got plenty to read by now. I always love recommendations for books, so feel free to put your favorites in the comments!