The aim of this six part course is to explore both the theory and the practice of ‘missional church’. It would be primarily suitable for church leaders and members who are beginning to ask some hard questions about how their churches relate to a changing society. What doors are closing? What new doors are opening?
The word “missional” has become rather fashionable in some contexts, but does it really mean anything new or original or useful? We think that it does. We think that it helps us to grasp a significant shift in the way the church understands its relationship to society and its God-given purpose, especially in the increasingly post-Christian, increasingly “secular” West.
In the first two sessions we will look at the theoretical background to the concept of missional church: how and why “missional” approaches have come about, an overview of patterns of mission in scripture, and a consideration of the challenges that the church faces as we approach the task of mission today. In session three we will look at how leadership models are evolving and diversifying under these circumstances.
In the second part of the course, we will look at what’s involved in the practice of missional church, using a simple six-stage process developed by Communitas International for starting and sustaining missional communities, called Dynamic Adventure: embed, initiate, practise, mature, hub and extend.
The course will have a good level of teaching content, but it will also be very interactive, with plenty of opportunity to work through exercises, engage in conversation, and get to know your fellow participants.
This Course will run again in the future!
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