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Starting a Missional Community

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By August 7, 2018 No Comments

 

When he first came to be part of our church, I would have never guessed he would be attending our four-week training: “How to Start and Lead Missional Communities.” He was professional, career driven, traveled a bunch, and my first impression left me thinking, this guy is serious and great, but I doubt he thinks he has the capacity to lead others toward Jesus. Yet, as we became friends and as his life became increasingly integrated into the life of a missional community, he began asking this questions: how can I start a missional community where I live? He wanted to see a thriving community where he lived. He wanted to care for friends in need. He had a vision to see those around him encounter the people of Jesus and Jesus himself. With his wife and a few other committed people they came to us saying: “We want help starting a missional community”.

The Essential Ingredients

Thankfully, I’m blessed to hear this question and request regularly. Here is what I tell people. I let people know the essential ingredients for a missional community and begin walking them through a few resources to prepare their group. Every missional community has three things: qualified leaders who can take initiative for the benefit of others, a committed core or community, and a plan for outward mission. When you’ve got those three things, you’re ready to move toward the starting a of a new community. Three resources I like to give people at this point is our Missional Community Check List, Missional Community Foundations, and The Saturate Field Guide or similar primer.

The Check-list will help a community think through all the details, preparation, and processes to get going. The Missional Community Foundations will give a community the basics of what a missional community is. The Saturate Field Guide, will give a community that’s already committed a deep equipping to start.

Invest in Future Leaders

As a pastor, I make it my mission to spend as much time as possible with those wanting to start communities. I want them in my home, I want meals with them, I want to nurture and encourage them. If you’re a pastor, consider how you structure your time to be with future leaders and maybe these resources will help you do that well.

We created a short video that will walk you through our response and these resources a bit more.

 


What has been the most helpful resource for you as you start a missional community?

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Brad Watson

Author Brad Watson

Brad Watson serves as an equipping leader at Soma Culver City in Los Angeles where he develops and teaches leaders to form communities that love God and serve the city. He is the author of multiple books including Sent Together: How the Gospel Sends Leaders to Start Missional Communities. He holds a degree in theology from Western Seminary.

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