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
What does missional community look like? What things do we call missional community that fall short of true mission and true community? And how do we do this together?
This is part 2 from a session called Foundations for Missional Community, given by Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski at the Exponential church planting conference. I’ve broken it into pieces to make it easier to listen to and process. You can listen to it in the browser or right click and download it to put it on your ipod or a cd. To see part 1, go here.
Take 15-20 minutes to listen to it, and begin to ask yourself and those around you hard questions. And let’s do this.
Foundations of Missional Community Pt 2
If missional community really is at the core of who we are as the church, it’s important that we do it right, are all on the same page, and learn to live it as a lifestyle rather than see it as a weekly gathering.
This is the audio from a session called Foundations of Missional Community at the Exponential church planting conference. The two guys talking are Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski. The audio is free to download on theExponential podcast, so there’s no bootlegging involved here.
I will post it in 2-3 parts so it’s not too long or too much to process in one sitting. I encourage you to make time to listen to all of it and to think, pray, and talk through it together as we learn what missional community really looks like. You can listen to it in the browser or right click and download it to put it on your ipod or a cd.
Foundations for Missional Community Pt 1
What questions does this bring up? What about this seems hard or even impossible? What about it inspires you? How does it change your thinking about what missional community looks like?