We’re going to look at eight characteristics of missional ministry. The first that being missional requires community–you cannot be missional alone.
The church has been brought into being by the action of God with a distinct charter and purpose. In like manner to the way in which God sent His Son into the world to redeem a people through his perfect life, atoning death, and overcame sin in His resurrection, the church is sent into the world with a message. Jesus says as much, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (ESV).
An eight-week series of posts on the key characteristics of missional ministry in today’s world–starting monday.
Let’s face it, often what say we believe about elders is far from the on-the-ground reality of being an elder. Sometimes it can feel like being an elder is all about reading the docket and going to committee meetings. That’s part of the job, but it’s a small part of the job–don’t let it be your whole experience of being a ruling elder, unless you like reading reports.
The Fellowship of Presbyterians is a missional order of evangelical presbyterians who are connected to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and who–in that context–are working to reform their own ministry in order to adapt to the unique new challenges facing churches in this post-Christendom period. ECO is a missional order that is independent from the Presbyterian Church (USA) and working toward the same goal–making flourishing churches–in partnership with Fellowship Churches. This is really quite remarkable.