Both are buzzwords in Christian culture, but what does it look like in practice?
In practice, Missional Community, looks a lot like being a unique part of a great big healthy but quirky extended family. And this family is moving. They have purpose and passion for living and illuminating with their own lives, the unfolding story of God. An authentic Missional Community tells this story best collectively, to provide a symphony of differing but unified hopeful notes in a world of hopeless clanging cymbals. This family, at its best, doesn't coerce others into adopting and embodying this story, but they gently and lovingly portray the truth and wisdom of the Christian story in the rhythms of their everyday life.
They believe redemption is possible. They pray for God to restore. They join God in restoring.
When we lean into this Missional Community we find belonging and purpose. We become representatives and spokespeople with our lives to tell an alternate story: (i.e. the one about turning the other cheek, standing up against injustice, forgiving, loving, taking sin seriously, tearing down needless boundaries, and praying for those who persecute us). We find a place that we can live more fully into the person God created us to be. The family of God, at its best, challenges us, nurtures us, encourages us and helps us to come fully alive.
Then in our collective journey, as a family, we invite and include people who are either outright or somewhat skeptical about the possibility of this alternative way. We share our lives with people who are suspicious, so that they might: 1) belong and find acceptance in a healthy family 2) so that they might believe in the story God has been telling since the creation of the world - the story that redemption is possible and finally 3) so that they might add their personal note to the symphony of creation which proclaims the goodness and power of God, through Christ.