church and mission

Here is one of the better descriptions that I’ve read concerning the shift towards a missional focus in North American churches:

  "Some churches- a relative few, but growing in strength and number- are beginning to understand that the key to a revived spirit is both to focus inward and also to move outward- into the world.  They see the future as one of bringing the Gospel alive for a new generation in a new world- so the church will not just survive, but thrive.  These congregations focus on God’s mission, missio dei.  These missional churches- reproducing communities of authentic disciples, being equipped as missionaries sent by God, to live and proclaim His Kingdom in their world- have connected the pervasive hunger for spirituality with the ancient but contemporary invitation to know God and live to His glory."

– Milfred Minetrea, Shaped by God’s Heart: The Passion and Practices of Missional Churches, Jossey-Bass, 2004, 7-8.

Minetrea also says this in the introduction to his book:

"You may find missional churches hard to identify.  Some look very traditional, with church buildings and stratified leadership and social groups.  Others look very untraditional- perhaps meeting in homes, or in community venues, in bars after hours, ministering to people on the margins, acting on ‘radical’ ideas.  Still others combine both ways of being in the world.  New movements are by nature chaotic, ever-growing, and changing.  The same can be said of missional churches.  Yet the passion, commitment, and sheer aliveness of these churches draws us to them again and again as harbingers of Christianity in this brave new millennium. (p.3)


  1. Thanks Daniel! Great to have you commenting. I loved The Forgotten Ways. Fantastic book. In fact, I read it shortly after we chose the name “hub” for our Sunday evening gathering. Later in Alan’s book he writes about “hubs” and “nodes” as being the appropriate way to organize churches.

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