Here’s a quote from Mike Breen. He used to be the Senior Rector at St. Thomas Sheffield, where he pioneered some very different ways of being the church (called Missional Communities) and when he left they were the largest church in England. Today, he leads 3DM, the global home for an organic movement of biblical discipleship and missional church that is centered in the United States. Interestingly, he’s also describing something very similar to RLCC’s dream. Read on…
A Missional Community (MC) is a group of 20 to 50 people who exist, in Christian community, to reach either a particular neighborhood or network of relationships. With a strong value on life together, the group has the expressed intention of seeing those they are in relationship with choose to start following Jesus through this more flexible and locally incarnated expression of the church. They exist to bring heaven to the particular slice of earth they believe God has given them to bless. The result is usually the growth and multiplication of more Missional Communities. These MCs are networked within a larger church community allowing for both a scattered and gathered church. These mid-sized communities, led by laity, are “lightweight and low maintenance” and most often meet 3-4 times a month in their missional context. Each MC attends to the three dimensions of life that Jesus himself attended to:
- Time with God (worship, prayer, scripture, teaching, giving thanks, etc)
- Time with the body of believers building a vibrant and caring community
- And time with those who don’t know Jesus yet
This is really what I want to see in RLCC. I’ve been dreaming of this ever since. If you’re reading this, join me as we make this dream come true.