Missional Communities are the heartbeat of Faith Church.
If you are wondering what your first step should be or where to best connect to people and get involved at Faith, Missional Communities are the answer.
To find out more about Missional Communities at Faith, read through the info below or get in touch with us.
What are Missional Communities?
Missional Communities (MC's) are groups of 20-60 people who gather regularly to do life and live on-mission together. Missional Communities are designed to be the connecting place where real life happens in community; a church within the church.
The MC gathers weekly in different formats to spend time together, care for each other, encourage and challenge each other, talk about where scripture and life intersect, pray, and live on-mission in community. Missional Communities are not an add-on to the church, an extra program. They are at the center of everything we do, the heartbeat of Faith.
Every group gathers at least weekly as a whole, but real life doesn’t happen on a schedule or in a defined group. It happens in the ins and outs of life. While the weekly gathering of a Missional Community is an important part of the group, it should serve as a catalyst to life and mission together.
What is the purpose of Missional Communities?
In a nutshell, the main purpose of Missional Communities at Faith is live out our identity as a gospel community on mission. This means doing life together, extending the gospel together, and cultivating gospel living in each other.
What happens in a typical gathering?
1st Week - Family Meal
2nd and 4th Weeks - Life Change Groups
3rd Week - "Life with the Community" Project
Who leads the groups?
In short, everyone.
Every group is shepherded by carefully selected and trained leaders. These leaders are responsible for giving direction to the group and serving as shepherds who guide the group. But these leaders are not the teachers or presidents of the group. They serve as guides.
We are a family, which means everyone is a contributor. Every member of the group is responsible for engaging in the life and direction of the group. Missional Communities are designed for interaction, participation, and leadership by the entire group. Community develops as people interact and share life.
When, where, and for how long do they meet?
The only fixed time each month in your Missional Community is the first week “Family Meal”.
Life Change Groups meet at various times throughout the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month - the time your group actually meets will be up to the 2-5 people in your group. It’s up to the consensus of your group.
The “Life with the Community” project that each of your Missional Communities adopt are flexible as well, as we are serving non-profit organizations, schools - we're not setting the terms. Most of the time this will be a big project on the 3rd week of the month and then smaller projects throughout the month for individuals in the Missional Community that can give extra time.
What about kids?
The whole family is part of the Missional Community. That includes the kids. Bring your kids with you and allow them to participate in the Family Meal and your "Life with the Community" project. The best way for kids to learn to pray, engage scripture, live in community with other believers, and live on-mission is by watching their parents.
Each group has the freedom to decide exactly what to do with their own kids. Some elements may be great for kids to be part of. Others maybe not so much. It may also change from week to week. Exactly how to handle kids is up to the group to decide, and the group leader will help facilitate this decision.
One thing we want to be clear on is that kids are an important part of the group. Involving them in the life of the community is by far the best way for parents to train and disciple them.
Who can be involved?
Anyone can be involved in a Missional Community. Members of Faith are invited to be part of one, but you don’t have to be a long-time attender or a member to come to one. They’re the best place for new people to get connected and the best way to experience the community of Faith Our goal is for everyone who is part of Faith to be part of a Missional Community.
Can I bring my friends?
Absolutely. In fact, we encourage you to bring someone with you to experience gospel community and connect with the people of Faith.
How do I get connected to a Missional Community?
The best way is to go with someone you know or to ask someone at Faith about theirs. If you don’t know anyone who is currently in a Missional Community, fill out the attached sign-up sheet and drop it off at the Next Steps Booth on Sunday morning (at the back of the Worship Center) or scan it and e-mail it to Jordan Jones. Feel free to e-mail Jordan with questions as well!
We hope to see you soon!