What is Missional?

What is Missional?

What Makes a Church Missional?

This is an interesting question because almost everyone is getting on the missional bandwagon these days. Alan Roxburgh has noted that in a few short years the term missional has gone from obscure to banal. I read an article published by a major denomination in which they thought that marketing themselves with a more missional-sounding name might help them focus on the missional side of what they are doing. This is a classic misunderstanding of what missional means. It is not a mere descriptor of what we have traditionally called “missions,” rather it describes how a church sees itself as having no agenda of its own but rather identifies itself as participating with God as sign, foretaste, and instrument of God’s present and coming reign, of participating with God in God’s redemptive mission on earth. Missional is not just something we do, missional describes all that we are. So in light of this misunderstanding, an article by J. Todd Billings from Western Seminary in Holland, MI presents some needed understanding of what makes a church missional. Here’s the link to his article: What Makes a Church Missional.

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