Ordinary People Series

November 4, 2014

ONE | MISSIONAL MOMS | PART ONE

What does it look like to be fully engaged in motherhood and mission at the same time? Hannah Morr shares how she has learned to live on mission as a mom through prayer, daily reminding herself of the gospel, orienting her heart towards mission, being a friend of sinners like Jesus, and pursuing those who don’t know Him. She also shares some practical advice concerning joining what’s already going on in your city, recognizing changing capacity, and prioritizing time with those who don’t know Jesus.

TWO | MISSIONAL MOMS | PART TWO

How can moms faithfully engage on mission in the midst of the time consuming responsibilities of parenting? Sondra Chamberlain shares how she has learned to see everyday opportunities to point people to Jesus through tasks like running errands, interacting with other moms, and being involved at her children’s school. Additionally, she speaks to the importance of depending on Jesus, being open and honest in community, and having a community of moms together on mission.

THREE | MISSIONAL COMMUNITY LOGISTICS

How can a missional community manage logistics effectively in the midst of busy schedules and numerous kids? Hannah Morr shares some practical ideas about host homes, meals, meeting locations, content time, and caring for kids. Trough spreading around responsibilities and continually being flexible, missional communities can be life giving in the midst of the busyness of life.

FOUR | WHAT IS MISSIONAL ACTIVITY?

How do we define “missional” activity? Todd Morr shares the importance of defining our mission as making disciples, as we seek to develop relationships to a point where we are proclaiming Jesus. Specifically, in the context of true friendship, we need to listen to people’s stories, share our own story, build spiritual bridges, and proclaim Jesus through the empowerment and leading of the Holy Spirit.

FIVE | WORKING WITH THE LESS FORTUNATE | PART ONE

How can we be faithful to Jesus’ call to care for the poor in the context of our missional communities? Greg Landon shares how his missional community has partnered with a homeless family outreach to love, serve, and disciple towards Jesus the less fortunate in their city. He shares that we can help bring the hope of the gospel to the less fortunate through creating margin in our missional communities to develop meaningful relationships with those who are in poverty.

SIX | WORKING WITH THE LESS FORTUNATE | PART TWO

What does it look like for a missional community to meaningfully love and serve those who are less fortunate? James Leet shares what he has learned through leading a missional community that seeks to patiently and persistently pursue relationships with those who are experiencing poverty. Additionally, James shares his refections on what it is like to truly live life with the less fortunate as he lives in the neighborhood that his missional community serves.

SEVEN | LIVING WITH INTENTIONALITY

How is it possible to live life on mission in the midst of a busy schedule? Jayne Vanderstelt speaks to the reality that mission is not something that we add on to what we are already doing in our compartmentalized lives. Rather, mission happens when we respond to the leading of the Holy Spirit, intentionally loving and serving those whom God puts in our path as we live lives that are visible and consistent.

EIGHT | COFFEE SHOP MISSION

What does it look like for a missional community to form out of the community of staff and customers at a coffee shop? Josh Boyt shares the story of how this happened at Metronome Coffee, a specialty coffee shop that he started for the purpose of missional engagement. Through the Metronome Missional Community, people have come to faith in Jesus and grown to maturity in Him through seeing lives holistically changed by the power of the gospel.

NINE | PROXIMITY VS. AFFINITY

What are proximity and affinity, and how do they help to bring focus to missional communities? Randy Sheets defines proximity as making disciples of those who live around you, and affinity as making disciples of those with whom you share a common interest. Trough assessing missional context and being aware of opportunities that the Holy Spirit brings, we can discern how and when to use these approaches to mission.

TEN | INFLUENCING UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

What does it look like for a missional community to make disciples of university students? Derek Hiebert shares some practical ways that his missional community has engaged college students through inviting them into a family that is following Jesus on mission. Trough being bold in calling students to the great commission, his missional community has seen many students grow to maturity in Jesus and participate on mission.

ELEVEN | WORK & MISSION

How do we navigate the tension between being faithful to our jobs and to our missional communities? Coby Strausbaugh shares what he’s learned as a small business owner and missional community leader, bringing focus to the reality that God deeply cares about our work. Practical advice is given on how we can see business as a means to something far greater than
simply making ends meet.

TWELVE | BUSINESS AS MISSION

How can we understand business to be a function of who we are as missional people, avoiding a false division between work and mission? Josh Boyt shares what he has learned as an entrepreneur, seeking to develop businesses that unlock the resources of the world for the good of the Kingdom. He casts a vision for operating businesses in a way that isn’t for our own success, but for the glory of God as we seek to point people to Jesus in all that we do.

THIRTEEN | VALUING PERSONALITY AND GIFTING

How can we call people to live out who God has uniquely made them to be in the midst of missional community life? David Achata shares how understanding the threefold framework of common identity, vocational lens, and spiritual gifts are helpful in empowering people to serve in a way that utilizes their strengths both practically and spiritually. Additionally, insight is provided into how personality assessments like Myers-Briggs can be helpful to this end.

FOURTEEN | MANAGING THE SEASONS OF A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY

In the midst of the changing seasons of life, how can we be faithful to make disciples through missional communities? Todd Morr shares some creative and practical ways to care for people well in varying seasons, avoiding a one size fts all mentality. Through being sensitive to Spirit and adjusting weekly rhythms when needed, missional communities can maintain consistency and focus throughout changing seasons.

FIFTEEN | WORKING WITH TEENAGERS | PART 1

What does it look like for a missional community to proactively make disciples of students at a local high school? Sondra Chamberlain shares what she has learned through being a part of a missional community that has sought to do just that. Through being available and present in the lives of students, they have seen many come to faith in Jesus as they have embodied and expressed good news of Jesus to their local high school.

SIXTEEN | WORKING WITH TEENAGERS | PART 2

How can a missional community partner with a parachurch organization to make disciples of high school students? Ryan Ninnis shares how his missional community has been able to partner with Young Life to make disciples of students in the urban context of their local high school. Through being vulnerable, present, and consistent in the lives of students, they have seen many high schoolers come to faith in Jesus and begin to grow to maturity in Him.

SEVENTEEN | SUBURBAN MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES | PART 1

Can missional communities work in a suburban, upper-middle class context? Mark Tilden shares that they absolutely can because people respond to the gospel and to love in every context. His missional community has sought to sacrificially love their neighbors as they live ordinary life with gospel intentionality, engaging in the rhythms of their suburb as a missional community.

EIGHTEEN | SUBURBAN MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES | PART 2

Given the pressures on people in the suburbs for their time, talent, and resources, how can a missional community work in this context? Jeff and Karen Wall share how their missional community has sought to reach their suburb through leading with Jesus, cultivating endurance in relationships, building community in weakness, and being diligent in prayer. Despite challenges along the way, their missional community has seen many reached with the gospel in ways that are unique to a missional community model.

NINTEEN | ENTHNICALLY DIVERSE NEIGBORHOODS

What does it look like for a missional community to make disciples in an ethnically diverse neighborhood? John Prince shares how his missional community has been able to build cross-cultural relationships as they have seen the gospel transcend cultural barriers. Creative ideas for community engagement are provided as well as important lessons that have been learned along the way.

TWENTY | LEADING A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY AS A COUPLE

What does it look like to lead a missional community together as a couple? Drew and Lindsay Webster share how they have been able to utilize each other’s unique strengths and perspectives as they lead together, engaging with their neighbors in ways that they would not be able to do on their own. They have found it important to be open with their missional community about challenges in their marriage as they seek to rely upon Jesus and their community in their leadership.

TWENTY-ONE | VALUE OF DNA FOR WOMEN

Why are DNA groups valuable for women, and what are some practical ways to overcome challenges in their implementation? Hannah Morr shares that she has found DNA groups to provide a unique opportunity for growth as women commit to being involved in each other’s lives. Through addressing challenges in the areas of consistency, meeting location, childcare, group size, and group activity, DNA groups for women can be life giving and fruitful.

TWENTY-TWO | VALUE OF DNA FOR MEN

What are DNA groups and why are they important for men? David Achata shares that a DNA group is a group of about three men who get together regularly to discover the truth about who God is, nurture each other with the gospel, and act in accordance with what the Spirit is calling them to do. They are crucial for men because they provide a rare opportunity for men to work through the things that are going on inside of them, so that they can be healthy and care for others well.

TWENTY-THREE | USING A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY COVENANT

What is a missional community covenant, and how can it be used to bring clarity and ownership to mission? Randy Sheets shares that a missional community covenant entails agreeing around the gospel, the definition of a disciple, the mission of the group, and individual roles in the mission. Through engaging in the covenanting process seasonally, missional community covenants can help missional communities to recalibrate and maintain their missional focus.

TWENTY-FOUR | MISSION TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

How can a missional community establish a presence at a public school as they seek to make disciples of students and parents? Jayne Vanderstelt shares how her missional community has united together to serve a local elementary school in a way that can only be explained by the gospel of Jesus. Through being faithful and consistent in people’s lives, they have seen walls broken down, trust built, open hearted conversations, and ultimately people coming to faith in Jesus.

TWENTY-FIVE | PROACTIVE AND REACTIVE MISSION

What is the balance between the proactive and reactive side of mission? Coby Strausbaugh shares that proactive mission involves unifying as a missional community around making disciples of a particular group of people, while reactive mission involves responding to the opportunities that God brings up in everyday life. Since God is intensely interested in both, missional communities need to balance proactive and reactive mission in a way that empowers people to engage on mission corporately and individually.

TWENTY-SIX | OLDER GENERATION ON MISSION

What does it look like for the older generation to live on mission? Don and Bunny Crook share stories from their experience leading a missional community as they have proactively sought to bless their neighbors and share Jesus with them. They provide encouragement that it really works for the older generation to live as missionaries in their later years.

TWENTY-SEVEN | FRUIT OF REDEMPTION GROUPS

What is the fruit of redemption groups, and how can they help people to see their story in light of God’s story? Emily Kerry shares how redemption group has helped her to see her sin as a finger wagging accusation against God, grow in her understanding of the magnitude of what Jesus has done for her on the cross, and know what right worship looks like in the moment of temptation. In leading redemption group, she has seen God bring significant freedom and healing to the lives of many as they walk through this process in community.

TWENTY-EIGHT | SINGLES IN MISSIONAL COMMUNITY LIFE

What does it look like for singles to meaningfully engage in missional community life? Emily Kerry shares how she has lived life alongside families in her missional community, serving them and being served by them in the process. Through engaging in the rhythms of life with families, she has sought to faithfully use her season of singleness for God’s glory.