Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas for Kids Wrapping Party

A short photo recap from our Christmas for Kids Project. We wrapped all the gifts on Dec. 9 at the Texas Baptist Home. Great night!






Missional Communities at Remedy

One of the main projects I’m currently working on is our training for Missional Community leaders. It’s been a good process for me, having to work through lots of things like what it means to lead and shepherd, how to articulate the gospel in a simple way, and what holistic gospel community looks like.

In this process, and in discussions with some in our church, it seems to be wise to clarify what a missional community is, specifically at Remedy. At the risk of being too simplistic, here are a few excerpts from the training I’ve been working on:


  • a smaller group of people,
  • doing life closely,
  • around the gospel,
  • with disciple-making intentionality.

The primary purpose of a Missional Community is to be what the larger body cannot effectively be. As a church grows it begins to lose some of its personal nature and identity as a family, and that in turn drags some other essential elements down with it. Disciple-making, mission, relationships, and life happen most naturally and effectively in smaller groups. Missional Communities are designed to be the primary expression of these essential elements of the church.


  • A Bible study
  • A support group
  • A social club
  • An activist group
  • A weekly meeting

Actually, a Missional Community is all of these things. The difference is that it is not only one of these things or even primarily one of these things. All of these things happen in gospel communities who live on mission with each other, and at times, some elements may be more needed than others. A healthy group will find the nature of their community reflecting the rhythms and seasons of life.

Basically, a Missional Community is a gospel community on mission in a small group context. Missional Communities function like mini-churches within the larger church. Members of the group care for, counsel, challenge, and encourage each other. The leader shepherds the group under the leadership and accountability of the Remedy leaders. The whole group functions like a family, doing life, growing, and looking for ways to live out the gospel together.

Maybe that brings a little clarity. Thoughts?

Foundations of Missional Community Pt 3

This is the third in a series of posts from a session called Foundations of Missional Community at the Exponential Conference. The session was led by Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski. The first two posts can be found here and here.

The first two posts were very idealogical, discussing what missional community is. It’s important to listen and have these conversations because we can agree on things in principle, but not even be on the same page in defining the terms. These two posts just lay out what missional community looks like in a very vibrant way.

The third post is very practical and wraps up their talk. Some of the things they talk about are fairly specific to their context and relationships, but please don’t get bogged down on every detail. Listen with ears that are asking how it looks to live missionally in community in your context, taking cues from their stories and experiences.

There may also be a few things mentioned that you aren’t quite on board with, and that’s ok. Don’t let those issues distract you from the point: learning what it looks like to live in missional community everyday, with real people, in the rhythms of real life. If some things you hear aren’t your particular bag of chips, what does it look like for you?

And that’s where the discussion starts. What does it look like for you to live on-mission and in community? What does it look like to live as a gospel community on mission, combining the two so much that it’s hard to distinguish one from the other? The answers to these questions are the beginning of what church really is.

Foundations of Missional Community Pt 3

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