From: Church with a Mission To: Missional Church Patterns of a Missional Church ELCA Mission Development Training - Part IIRev. Mary Sue Dreier, Ph.D.February 13, 2010
Rooted…In the Trinity “The Holy Trinity” Andrei Rublev, Ca. 1410
Patterns of a Missional Church From: Treasure in Clay Jars Edited by. Lois Barrett
Patterns of a Missional Church Pattern 1. Missional Vocation • What is God doing in our community? • What is God calling us to be or to do? • What glimpses, inklings, ideas do “WE” have about our mission in the community? What gifts might we have for this emerging mission?
Patterns of a Missional Church Pattern 2. Biblical Formation & Discipleship • The Bible shapes our life together • What are we doing with the Bible in these early stages of our life together?
Patterns of a Missional Church Pattern 3. Taking Risks as a Contrast Community • Jesus Christ Crucified and Risen lives in our community through us. • That makes us different from the world! • What risks might our church be called to take for the sake of the gospel in our community? How might that affect us?
Patterns of a Missional Church Pattern 4. Practices that Demonstrate God’s Intent for the World • We are God’s “demonstration plot” for how God intends people to live together. • What Christian practices are evident in how we treat each other?
Patterns of a Missional Church Pattern 5. Worship as Public Witness • It’s a public community event, praising God and giving public witness to God. • It’s the main thing we do in our communities! • How is our worship “going public” with praise and witness?
Patterns of a Missional Church Pattern 6. Dependence upon the Holy Spirit • The Holy Spirit is the real mission developer! We participate as God creates new churches. • Prayer connects us to the power of the Spirit. • What prayer practices are we developing?
Patterns of a Missional Church Pattern 7. Pointing toward the Reign of God • We point to God and not to ourselves. We are sinful, make mistakes, and live by forgiveness. • What are the particular challenges and failures that we’ve already faced? How are these things helping us grow in mission?
Patterns of a Missional Church Pattern 8. Missional Authority • Holy Spirit gives many different gifts to the “priesthood of all believers” for the mission of the church. • How are we helping people cultivate their gifts to help lead our God-given mission?
Patterns of a Missional Church Pattern 9. Here “For the Sake of the World” • We are not here “for the sake of the church” but “for the sake of the world.” • We “come to go.” • What are we doing for others in our community?