One of the hottest buzzwords regarding the Church today is the term “missional.” Is your church missional? Should it be?
Biola University recently produced an article, The Church in a Missional Age, which outlines much of the debate surrounding the term. Written in a simple 101, 201, 301 format, it clarifies meaning and views, both pro and con.
The term “missional” seems to originate from a book by Darrell Guder in 1998 called, Missional Church. The term “was intended to stimulate a theological conversation about the fundamental nature of the church – as being missionary by its very nature.” The article goes on to explain it this way:
“Proponents of the missional movement say they seek a return to the mission-mindedness of the early church, which has been gradually lost as churches have become more inward-focused and “missions” has become a separate category altogether. Being missional is about bringing the church and mission back together. Missions isn’t just one of many programs or purposes of church. It is the core, overarching, motivating logic for all that we do. A church exists neither for itself nor its parishioners, but for the kingdom and mission of God.”
Also posted is an exclusive interview with Ed Stetzer, considered to be an authority on the missional movement.