This is a "manifesto" of sorts that I've been working on this morning in response to a question asked of me - "what does missional mean to me".
I thought I'd share it with y'all :) It will probably become our revised mission statement for Revolution for this year when it's all finalized.
Revolution defines itself as a progressive, experimental missional community to the north and downtown neighborhoods of Fort Collins.
By God’s grace and power, we will do justice, love mercy/kindness and walk humbly with God. Micah 6:8
We desire to live as missionaries in our own communities.1 Pe:11-12 (the Message paraphrase) Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.
Summary: We exist for the Glory of God. All creation is to demonstrate the greatness and goodness of God, to worship him, glorify him and enjoy him forever. By together (fellowship) growing in godly character (discipleship), we are better able to live out God’s love to others (outreach).
Regardless of denominational affiliation, specific theological leanings, etc. this is what we believe missional, Jesus followers are charged to do.
1. Build strong faith communities and community networks to support and equip one another - be it a home church, group of friends, traditional type church, or any other expression.
2. Equip the saints in love and power - love of God and others and the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives and reconcile people to God and relationship with others.
3. Be externally focused. Investing time, talents, energies and resources primarily outside the walls of the church as a presence in specific communities - serving, loving and impacting neighborhoods for the better as expressions of God's love and care for his creation.
4. Be contextual and culturally aware in order to be incarnations of Jesus on earth, bringing people on a journey closer to Jesus...belonging, behaving, believing...making disciples in a relational way, not by just sharing the Gospel but BEING the Gospel.
5. Be organic rather than formulaic with faith communities rising up naturally out of relationships in a particular cultural context forming a natural and holistic base and foundation for everything.
6. Co-labor with God on Earth by loving each other and loving God together, acquiring a picture of what God is doing on the earth, locally, regionally and internationally and then joining with others to co-labor with God in that mission.
7. Connect with other faith communities, working together to maximize resources while still remaining true to the unique call of each individual community. Which means humbly accepting and respecting the differences, roles and responsibilities of each individual faith community.
8. Take up causes of social justice, caring for the poor the widow and the orphan, racial and ethnic/cultural reconciliation and environmental healing and restoration, caring for the whole of God's creation, giving God the Glory and revealing his love and action in those areas on the earth today.