5 Ways for a Missional Community to be on Mission Together
A simple way to think about living on mission in community is to pursue two things together: First a love for God, which is cultivated as we discover, demonstrate, and declare the gospel to one another. The second is a love for our neighbor, which includes investing resources for others. These two pursuits need to be framed with Jesus’ words “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
We want others to know and enjoy the gospel and the best apologetic for this truth to be appealing is the way we live out our lives (on mission) in community. Here are 5 ways a Missional Community can be on mission together.
1. Lovingly and consistently point one another to the gospel of Jesus.
Example: Sally expresses anxiety over an unexpected pregnancy. The group encourages her by reminding her of the gospel, which tells us that God is good and has planned for every moment in our lives. We can trust in his goodness and believe in a future where we experience deeper grace and love from God in this.
2. Actively care for one another. Meet real needs with in the group.
Example: Tom shares that his back is giving him trouble and asks for prayer. In addition to prayer, the men and women in the group offer to take care of his yard work until he feels better.
3. Intentionally care for the needs that your group hears about in their individual circle of friends who are out side the group.
Example: Bill shares about a struggling ex co-worker who is a single parent. The group prays and then plans to purchase some gift cards and they discuss ways to include this person in their next outing together.
4. Strategically adopt a cause and serve together. This can be event based or ongoing.
Example: A trusted organization is putting together a 5K event. The group looks for ways to participate and volunteer together. Or, a trusted organization is in need of weekly volunteers and the group agrees to serve with them on rotation.
5. Creatively address an unmet felt need in our community. Take the initiative to address a problem.
Example: Someone in the group recognizes that no one is meeting a specific need in the community. The group looks for ways to collectively address this gap, perhaps even to establish a new non-profit that focuses on the unmet need.