What Is A Missional Church?
In The Message, St. Paul’s translated text urges us into deeper relationship and connection to God: Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of spiritual immaturity, God brings the best out of you, and develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12:2)
A Missional Church focuses on entering the very heart of God through prayer, immersion in The Word, and the Sacraments in community. To enter the heart of God is slowly, but perceptibly, to be transformed so that God’s purposes and plans are actually fulfilled through even clay-footed people. This is a new, concentrated approach to establishing a Missional Culture by creating an environment where who we are and who we are becoming is more fully identified with God’s actions of perfect love. Another way of saying this is that mission does not originate with the church but is born from God’s very nature.
A Missional Church is one that exists to discern and fulfill God’s intended future for the world. God in Jesus Christ established the church as an outward and visible sign of God’s Kingdom on earth. The Missional Church is a light unto the world that God’s reign is not only with us but within us. We are to be God-bearers both in community and beyond. It’s an exciting and stimulating approach to existing in God’s heart and bearing out what is there for all.
On Sunday, June 6, 2013, the Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church, Stafford Springs, CT, voted unanimously to learn, pray, and experience what it means to be a Missional Church.
In Christ’s love