Being “missional” or “missional living” is a term that in essence describes a lifestyle that is devoted to the “mission” (or “purpose”) of Christ.   Being missional includes embracing the posture, the thinking, behaviors, and practices of the Master.  Hence, a follower of Jesus whose intent it is to emulate their master in everyday living is being missional.  The “mission” or life-purpose of the missional Jesus follower becomes to be like the master every day – 24/7.  Individual believers may be missional and whole congregations (churches) may be missional in order to reach others with the message of the gospel.  The basic premise is that all Christians should be involved in the Great Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20).

Essentially, the idea of being missional teaches that the church has a mission because Jesus had a mission and transferred that mission to his followers before his ascension (see John 20:21). There is only one mission and that is God’s (Christ’s) mission.  A “missional church is a community of God’s people that defines itself and organizes its life around its real purpose – that of being an agent of God’s mission to the world.  In other words, the church’s true and authentic organizing principle is Christ’s mission or “commission” (see Matthew 28:18-20). When believers and the corporate body of believers (the church) are prioritizing daily life and living based upon Christ’s mission, he/she/they are being the true church (scripturally).



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