this week we hear from Rachel Reinink..
Missional Community; A Missional Community is a group of people, about the size of an extended family, who are united through Christian community around a common service and witness to a particular neighborhood or network of relationships. The Missional Community doesn’t exist for
anything less than making disciples of Jesus among these networks or neighborhoods. The participants of missional communities find their primary identity of “church” within the missional community, rather than a larger worship service or small group. In essence, this group of people becomes a close-knit spiritual family on mission together.
Essentially, Missional Communities (or as I lovingly call them, “MC’s”) are weekly rhythms of light weight, low maintenance gatherings of people who eat dinner together, give thanks together, and pray together. But it doesn’t just stop there- they are called “missional” communities, because each group that gathers eventually becomes a family. The family starts to think about how they are going to do their part in fulfilling the great commission – to make disciples.
I have had the privilege and the honor of being a part of a Missional Community here at South Harbor for a little over year, as a pilot. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but I can now tell you this: The people in our MC have become my family. We don’t just gather because we have to. We gather because we want to. My kids ask every Tuesday, “Is it Missional Community night?!” Each week, every week, we sit around a table and do life with the people who know me better than anyone else.
I want that for all of us.
I think we all crave community. But not just community- we crave family. SO, starting this week, a few of us have decided to open up our homes on a weekly basis to our community – to eat, to give thanks, and to pray for each other. It’s a simple onramp for anyone to get engaged into the mission at South Harbor. And who knows… maybe you’ll love it so much you’ll start one of your own… and someone will love it so much that they will start one in their own home… and eventually, before we know it, South Harbor Church will be a catalyst for the missional movement of people who makes disciples who make disciples.
*For more information about Missional Communities, you can email me at Rachel@southharbor.org!
Go and do my friends,