A Working Definition of Missional Church
Alan Hirsch and I were sitting at his house talking one afternoon and the topic of the missional church came up. He was telling me that Alan Roxborough’s classic approach when someone says, "Give me a definition of missional" is "You give me a definition of the kingdom of God in one sentence and I will give you the definition of missional." I had a good laugh.
It can be difficult to define. With that said, let me jump in with my working definition, with the recognition that while it is difficult to define, it is important to firm up a kind of understanding of the missional church, especially at a time where it has become such common jargon.
THE MISSIONAL CHURCH IS… the people of God living with the conviction that we are a sent people (by our Triune God) – called to be a faithful sign, foretaste and herald of the kingdom of God. We are a people who engage in the task of bilingual theological reflection (recognizing the grammar of the dominant culture as well as the grammar of God) so that we can embody the good news in the context in which we find ourselves and join God in the renewal of all things.
How would you define the missional church?