The Missional started out as simply a blog and a Facebook page. I found myself on a particular path and was consistently resonating with some common themes, all centered around the idea of being a sent person alongside other sent people being sent to the people who are all around us. I needed a place to gather my references, notes, and process my thoughts. I decided to share it with others and it turned into a social media page.
The Missional is now what we call the small group of believers, and those curious enough to hang around, that gather together a couple of times each month in our barbershop in Bellingham Washington.
The reason people gather together in a group is clear. We gather with people whom we share a commonality with. Some of our areas of commonality are
- We are all somewhere in a journey towards Christ
- We are interested at some level in being Christ’s Apprentices
- We like each other and enjoy doing life together.
We gather together to be encouraged, equipped, and empowered in cooperating with the Missio Dei, or God Mission, through all aspects of our lives, our work, our homes and our relationships
We gather on the first and third Sunday of the month at four in the afternoon for a community potluck style dinner. Near the end of dinner we have our dinner time chat, which consists of a prepared or spontaneously shared presentation pertaining to Missional living and then a lingering discussion afterward.
I hope that this gathering becomes a catalyst of encouragement that energizes those who gather to become fully and faithfully present with the people in their neighborhood and workplaces as a missionary of Christ. I hope that our gathering provides knowledge, resource and practice at engaging others for Christ through living them in practical ways. I also hope that it becomes a place to go when living on mission leaves wounds and deep scars as living on mission will often do. I want it to be a hospital community that knows how and is willing to respond in a moment’s notice to cleanse, bind up, and sooth battle weary souls.