The calling to be the missional church begins with those who die to themselves and live for Christ (not themselves) whether that leads them to martyrdom or just being the presence of God through testimony and ministry. The key to being led hinges upon waiting for God in prayer, faith, and listening to his word as we gather in the community of God’s people.
This statement reflect the understanding a group of Christian leaders from the Churches of Christ (except for one person from an Independent Christian Church) came away from yesterday as we gathered in Minneapolis and spent time discussing what the missional church is, how such a church is empowered and led by the Holy Spirit, and how we discern such leading of the Spirit. I doubt anyone gathered would say they have the final word on what the missional church is. However, for a group formed by both progressive and traditional thinkers with a wider variety of education, this understanding that we came away with does help us to have a little more clarity as to what it means to be a missional church. Now the challenge is to live out this calling.