Monday, October 01, 2007

A web site well worth visiting: Friends of Missional

Just stumbled across this late last night
This is a web site overflowing with information and conversartions about being a missional church...

The web site begins with the following:
One important note before you continue: On this website, the term "church" refers to the people of God; the called out ones; those formed for his dwelling and bearers of his presence in the world. It doesn't refer to a building, denomination or physical location. So when you read "church," think of yourself and your faith community, not that building you go to each Sunday.
In an article titled, "The 'Missional Church': A Model for Canadian Churches?" David Horrox writes, "The church should stop mimicking the surrounding culture and become an alternative community, with a different set of beliefs, values and behaviors. Ministers would no longer engage in marketing; churches would no longer place primary emphasis on programs to serve members. The traditional ways of evaluating 'successful churches' – bigger buildings, more people, bigger budgets, larger ministerial staff, new and more programs to serve members – would be rejected. New yardsticks would be the norm: To what extent is our church a 'sent' community in which each believer is reaching out to his community? To what extent is our church impacting the community with a Christian message that challenges the values of our secular society?"

There are links to articles titled:
Can Traditional Church be Missional?
Characteristics of Missional Church
Comparing Attractional and Missional
Consumer Church to Missional Church
Clarifying Emerging vs. Missional Community
Eight Patterns of Missional Faithfulness
From the Heart of a Missional Evangelist
I Dream
Images of Missional
Leadership and the Missional Church
Marks of a Missional Church
Missional Apologetics
Missional Bricks and Mortar
Missional Church Frequently Asked Questions
Missional Church Outline
Missional Essentials: A Short List
Missional Evangelism
Pastors Not Sold On Being Missional
Ten Things NOT to Expect in a Missional Church
The Community Coming To Be Known As Missional
The Four Missional Mandates!
The Shaping of Things to Come
The Missional Church
The Tension between the "Pastoral Context" and the "Missional Context"
Understanding Missional: Personalizing the Central Tenets
What Does Missional Community Take?
What Is a Missional Community?
What Is Missional... To Me
What I Mean When I Say "Emerging-Missional" Church
What Missional Churches Look Like
When the Missional Church Gathers

plus links to many conversations involving the missional church

If you are interested in the missional or emerging church movement/approach/conversation it will be worthwhile visiting

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