While it is en vogue to use the word missional in church circles, many people struggle to know what it means or how to live it out. Missional Essentials puts flesh around the bare bone foundations, principles, and practices of missional life.Missional Essentials is written to help followers of Christ rediscover the heart of God for their neighborhoods and communities. It provides 12 practical sessions for cultivating a missional life and mobilizing a faith community to participate more fully in God's mission. Each lesson provides participants with:
Previous Lesson Reflection
The first few minutes of each week's lesson involves a time of looking back on the missional engagement from the previous week's lesson. It is important to have time to listen and learn from others who are making the missional quest.
The central theme serves as the key idea that the lesson is built around. In addition to a basic definition of the key idea there are a couple of questions that help introduce the idea. The remainder of the lesson is designed to bring clarity and further understanding.
Missional engagement must be rooted in the example and teaching of Jesus. Therefore each lesson includes a biblical study and reflection to ensure that Jesus defines who we are as well as what we do.
Each lesson includes an article intended to bring additional insight to the weekly discussion. The article combines the best missional thinking from a collection of authors as well as practical advice for missional living from practitioners in a variety of settings.
All articles conclude with reflection questions to help reinforce essential principles and further the learning experience.
Missional Action Step
Step Each lesson concludes with one or more action steps to assist in moving from missional principles to real world practices. The action steps will not only accelerate the learning curve but will provide practical opportunities to begin participating in God's mission.
The guide is ideal for existing leadership teams that are engaging the missional conversation, small groups interested in exploring the paradigms and biblical directives for missional community, and church planting core teams seeking to develop a missional DNA. You can check out the table of contents on the Amazon page here. You can review a sample lesson here as well as purchase in bundles of ten for a reduced price here. Let me know if you have questions about the resource.