A missional church is one that believes:
Mission defines the Church’s existence on earth.
Local churches exist as a result of mission and therefore exist for mission.
They carry the missional DNA of Christ’s body on earth.
God’s people are first and foremost created to be on mission.
A missional church facilitates the fulfilment of God’s purpose
- to see some from every tribe and language group loving and worshipping Jesus and to prepare a people for the new world and eternity.
- to see fruitful workers for God’s Kingdom and mature church members.
Every local church is designed to be missional in its generation and specific context.
The task of church leadership is:
- to facilitate biblical mission themed discipleship of all their people by providing opportunities for their nurture
- to educate its members on this major theme in the Bible
- and to equip and release them for works of missional service and to live a fruitful life on mission with God.
When believers embrace the call to live a life on mission with God, they are also being transformed into Christ-likeness. The nations are being reached and the church is being perfected like a 2-edged sword (Kairos course).
God is outworking His 2-fold purpose towards the end of the age when the good news of Jesus has reached all nations and the church is a beautiful bride.
A missional church is when all aspects of church life and activity are aligned to this.
Simply Mobilising has developed a programme for pastors and church leaders called Interface which includes a seminar designed to explore the theology of missional church and an optional follow-up workshop materials, to see congregations embrace missional thinking and help in the practical and appropriately contextualised expression of missional church.