Preparing to Launch Your Missional Community

Preparing to Launch Your Missional Community

Every missional community has three essential ingredients: qualified and called leaders, a clear mission, and a committed core. Praying for and gaining clarity on these three things is where every missional community leader must begin. Here are just a few diagnostic questions to ask as you launch your missional community.

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Checklist for Launching Your Missional Community

There’s a lot out there on what you have to do and what’s really important. I’ve created this checklist to help leaders think through and step into MCs.

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Plan Your Missional Community Monthly

The best way to plan and lead your community is to think in months and then weeks. Planning week-to-week is too exhausting, especially for the busy leader. There is too much to think through and everything comes quickly in the normal rhythm of life. When leaders plan week-to-week their intentionality becomes nearly non-existent, and their […]

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A “Normal” Missional Community Meeting

How can this moment become more than just an agenda item on everyone’s planner? How is it more than just a ‘thing’ you lead? The weekly missional community meeting is the “garden plot” of missional leadership. A weak or disorganized weekly gathering produces similar results. An intense and over structured meeting can suck the life […]

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Am I “Called” to Lead a Missional Community?

Sometimes, people are led to start a missional community through, what most of us would call, the spectacular. They have a dream, and outrageous steps of circumstances, or hear the voice of God. This does happen. We see it through the Bible. Abraham, Moses, and Paul are the big examples. They were simply walking through […]

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How to Share Leadership in a Missional Community

You cannot lead a missional community on your own and you aren’t supposed to even try. But sharing leadership with others is hard, especially when you don’t know the different roles. This post examines the types of leadership roles to be shared and the servant responsibilities to be delegated. Sharing Leadership Roles You’re inclined to be a […]

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How To Train a Missional Community Leader

Training leaders is hard work. Training costs you time, energy, and resources. Most pay the cost without a clear process and plan. In other words, we invest in the time, energy, and resources in training without a thoughtful and consistent process. After all that hard work we come back asking these questions: How do leaders develop? How do […]

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4 Steps to Initiating Shared Mission

Great intentions do not always result in great experience. Most communities desire to experience some sort of shared mission together. Most try to go from concept to all out implementation. Here are four straightforward steps to get started and break through the inertia. Step four is not arrival but gets you through the initial wall […]

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The Best Followers are the Best Leaders

You can’t train leaders if you aren’t making disciples. In fact, you shouldn’t do anymore planning, strategizing, or dreaming until you begin helping people understand and move forward in their pilgrimage and journey to live with Christ. Likewise, communities are not a substitution for the individuals pursuit of Christ. As Bonhoeffer correctly points out: a […]

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Top 3 Missional Community Misconceptions

This is a fact of life: when people are talking and listening crucial things get misunderstood. Unspoken expectations and burdens are shared unintentionally between two communicating forces. No one has ever written a book, done a training, or intentionally led people to these missional community misunderstandings. And yet, these three misconceptions are prevalent. It has […]

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