Posted tagged ‘Missional Community’

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February 11, 2012

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GCM National Conference

September 14, 2011

Today through Friday, I will be in Huntsville, AL for the GCM Collective National Conference.  If you are unfamiliar with the GCM Collective, I encourage you to check out their website and join their online community. Their vision is simple, and I love it:

A gospel community is a group of believers that lives out the mission of God together as family, in a specific area to a particular people group, by declaring and demonstrating the gospel in tangible forms. Regular people, living ordinary lives, with great gospel intentionality. The GCM Collective is a community that allows people to exchange ideas, resources and encouragement around topics that relate to creating gospel communities on mission.

The guys behind the GCM Collective (Steve Timmis, Tim Chester, Jeff Vanderstelt, Drew Goodmanson, Caesar Kalinowski, David Fairchild, and Jonathan Dodson) have all challenged and helped me in tremendous ways in recent years, probably more than any other group outside my fellow elders.  These brothers are gospel-driven practitioners who are leading churches to embrace a missional ecclesiology that is both healthy and fruitful.

If you would like to check out the conference schedule, click here.  If you are attending the conference, hit me up.  I’d love to connect.  I will also likely be posting updates via Twitter for those interested in following.

Be-ing on Mission in Community

March 9, 2011

There’s a lot of talk these days about missional communities.  Currently, I am working through Porterbrook’s Missional Community Life curriculum in three different venues, so I am discussing it quite a bit.  About a year ago, I started my kingly moleksine when I accidentally bought a sketchbook moleskine instead of a regular hardback journal.  I am not an artist, so there’s really nothing for me to sketch, but I do like to lay out my thinking in various ways, including systems, charts, diagrams, etc.

Several months ago, I began thinking about what would be the process of an unbeliever being engaged in a gospel community on mission.  The result of that thinking was this process I “skecthed” out on my kingly moleskine:

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The Gospel Community Conference Audio

November 10, 2010

Back in September, The Gospel Community Conference was held in my old neck of the woods (Huntsville, AL).  What is the goal of this conference?  They state:

It is our desire to retake the South through the biblical idea of missional community, the idea that life does not just include some missional activities, our life is about the mission of the Gospel. It is our desire to hold a regional event that will not only challenge and inspire the church planter, pastor, elder, member, small group leader, etc., with the biblical notion of a life immersed in mission, but to equip them by putting tools and networking opportunities in their hands with ongoing encouragement to begin to make it happen in their particular context.

I love this vision, and they have gathered a great group of dudes to lead in their recent conference.  Below is the conference audio that I encourage you to download and give a listen.  This is the kind of challenge we need today, especially in the South.

The Mission of the Kingdom by Paul Whaley
Tensions in Attractional and Incarnational by Jonathan McIntosh
The Gospel Centered Church by Jeff Vanderstelt
Community Focused Gospel by Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski
The Gospel Presented Through Story by Caesar Kalinowski
Mission Directed Life by Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski
Question and Answer with Jeff Vanderstelt and Caesar Kalinowski
Doctrine in Missional Community by Ray Ortlund
Planning Life to Plant Churches by Brian Howard and Chad Lewis (PDF)
Developing Leaders in Community by Paul Whaley, Mark Sellers, and Brad House (PDF)

Missional Made Simple

October 12, 2010

Yeah, yeah, I know. Missional is a buzz word that everybody uses but rarely defines.  If missional church is hard to define, then missional community can be even more difficult to understand (and distinguish from your typical small groups).

Insert these two little videos, which I think provide an accurate and fair assessment of missional church and missional communities.  Check them out.

Missional Church Made Simple

Missional Community Made Simple