After laying the foundation of the gospel, the easiest way to continue moving forward is to create a missional commitment or what some call a covenant. This commitment is to God, one another, and your city. Essentially, the group decides together how they will be and grow as a missional community.

Not only is it the easiest way forward, it’s likely essential. Community without commitment is like marriage without vows. Marriage is too difficult, too revealing, too demanding to exist without commitment to each other. Similarly, community on mission requires the relationships have commitment to one another and a plan for growth. If the people in your community have not committed to one another, the common mission, and a shared endeavor to grow up in Christ together it will be impossible to do any of those things. A key word in missional community life is devotion. How will you community be devoted to one another?

Furthermore, the commitment is also a plan. We cannot grow fulling into maturity overnight; therefore a missional community commitment seeks to outline the purposeful and intentional ways the community will move forward together to pursue their love of God, each other, and neighbor.

With all this in mind, here are a few few tips and key components for making commitments. I’ve previously shared more depth on how to and offered an example as a resource, too.

Components of The Commitment

Keep it simple. It’s four questions and a place for commitment!

A missional commitment has five sections:

  1. How will we grow in our love for Christ?
  2. How will we grow in our love for one-another?
  3. How will we grow in our love for our city and neighbor?
  4. How will we count the cost of being a missional community?
  5. Signatures and commitment to the gospel and process

MISSIONAL COMMITMENT TIPS:

  • It should be no longer than two pages. Any longer and you’re going overboard.
  • Be specific and start small. Don’t try to plan a take over of the city in your first missional commitment.
  • Let your first MC Commitment be for only a semester then reevaluate.
  • Let your MC Commitment be your leadership guide. Once it is created, review with the your co-leaders monthly. How can you help your community move forward in one area this month? What do you need to talk or do when you get together? Is your community balanced? What areas of growth need to be celebrated? What areas need to be challenged?
Brad A. Watson serves as a pastor of Bread&Wine Communities in Portland, Oregon where he develops, coaches, and trains leaders to form communities that love God and serve the city. Brad is passionate about helping people live lives that reflect their belief and hope in Jesus. He lives in southeast Portland with his wife and their three kids.