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What Makes a Church Missional?

Here is a great article in Christianity Today addressing the question, what makes a church missional? It provides both background material and current misuses of the term.

So what is the Missional Church? Here is a wonderful quote from Craig Van Gelder’s The Essence of Church, a contributor to Darrell Guder’s Missional Church, which is referenced in the CT article:

The Missional Church “considers mission to be inherent within the very nature of the church. It starts with the belief that the Triune God is a missionary God. God’s missionary character is expressed, first of all, in the work of creation. God formed a world in which the crowning touch, human beings, became participants in creation’s full development. After the fall, God’s missionary character is again expressed in the work of redemption. God sent Jesus into the world to restore right relationship with all that was lost in the fall.”

Based upon John 20:21, the Missional Church believes that the church is a missionary people of God who continue God’s mission of creation and redemption.

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