“Missional” is a label for churches and individuals that are defining faith in Jesus by what they do for a world of lost people. It’s more than helping someone else, it’s living to help someone else. It’s more than welcoming people to our turff, it’s sending the gospel/church to theirs. It’s more than a faith that believes, it’s a faith that obeys.
I do not know of any issue more crucial in Christianity at this day and time than restoring the Missional DNA of Jesus.
Book Notes & Articles on Missional Paradigms
The Shaping of the Things to Come by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost – Book Notes
Alan’s first book is probably the best at deconstructing your false assumptions on “church,” and establishing a new paradigm for innovating missional churches.
Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch – Book Notes
Alan’s second book shows much progression and development of his original paradigm, and leans a little more toward delivering practical principles.
A key flaw that prevents our churches from going missional is a poor balance of gifts amongst its leaders. We give full time pastoral positions to shepherds and teachers, while hiding or out-casting the apostles, prophets, and evangelists. This article and assessment tool will help you discern the necessary gift mix for a missional church.