Over the last decade, countless books, websites, blogs and articles have attempted to define and describe a missional church, missional leadership, a missional culture and a missional mindset. One of the most often asked questions has been “How do you transition a traditional church to become a missional church?” Brad Brisco, a pastor, church planter, and teacher has answered that question in an article that outlines nine steps of transition.
The following are excerpts from his article on seven of the steps and a link to the full article.
1. Start with Spiritual Formation
God calls the church to be a sent community of people who no longer live for themselves but instead live to participate with Him in His redemptive purposes. However, people will have neither the passion nor the strength to live as a counter-cultural society for the sake of others if they are not transformed by the way of Jesus. If the church is to “go and be,” rather than “come and see,” then we must make certain that we are a Spirit-formed community that has the spiritual capacity to impact the lives of others. Such spiritual formation will involve much greater relational underpinnings and considerable engagement with a multitude of spiritual disciplines. One such discipline should involve dwelling in the word, whereby the church learns to regard Scripture not as a tool, but as the living voice of God that exists to guide people into His mission. If we believe the mission is truly God’s mission, then we must learn to discern where He is working; and further discern, in light of our gifts and resources, how He desires a church to participant in what He is doing in a local context.