What is a Missional Church?
By Missional Church, I mean a body of people equipped through worship, study and fellowship, to go into the world of our daily life to live and participate in God’s reconciling mission. “The Mission of the Church is to restore all things to unity with God and each other in Christ.” (BCP Catechism, p. 855).
Missional Church is not a program but represents an evolutionary shift in thinking about the church and our understanding of what it means to be Christ’s body in the world. “Being More Missional” is less about being a gathered community and more about being a sent community. This is a “go to them” dynamic, not waiting for folks to “come to us.”
God is already at work in our neighborhoods and communities. Being More Missional is about going into communities to discover what God is up to. Being Missional is about deepening our understanding and practice of what it means to be the “sent” people of God. Being Missional is every believer embodying the life of the church in their neighborhood, school, work place, and community, telling (and living) God’s story in the context of compassionate and genuine relationships.
Learn more about our Missional Church framework by exploring our mission, ministries, and Local Mission Approach.
The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely
Tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Vermont