WHAT IS A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY (MC)?
A missional community is much more than a weekly event. MCs gather together at different times throughout the week to fulfill Jesus' mission of being disciples who make disciples. Together we learn how to worship and submit to Jesus in all of life by learning how to love one another as family, worship Jesus as servants who serve others, and share the good news of Jesus Christ as his sent missionaries.
Every missional community identifies a group of people whom they believe God is sending them to love, serve, and share Jesus with. It could be a neighborhood, an existing ministry in the city or network of relationships. We want to see every aspect of our city blessed by God’s people: business, arts, education, sports, recreation, and social services.
Check out this video of one of our newest MC's!
MC’s are smaller groups of people that worship and submit to Jesus together in all of life by learning to love one another as family, serve a specific mission (like a neighborhood, an affinity group, or other contexts in our community) and be a witness to the good news of Jesus Christ in our city. This is where real life happens, as together we seek to believe and live out the good news in the normalcy of daily life.
As Missional Communities grow, they multiply into more gospel communities living on mission—each displaying and declaring the satisfying, transforming Good News of Jesus.
David Blackwell leads specific city efforts through Missional Experiences. Missional Experiences are a means to provide individuals, DNAs, and/or Missional Communities the opportunity to connect and build genuine relationships with a specific people group in Albany. The first hope would be for those who volunteer to learn and practice the environments of life-on-life, life-in-community, and life-on-mission together. The second hope would be that a DNA or Missional Community, being led by the Spirit, would take the experience and make that people group their focus for kingdom impact throughout the year.
"We have been given an identity by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. From Him we live and move and breath"
We like to ask the question where and to whom do you feel God is sending you? Our hope is to connect you with a MC already on mission to that people group. If you are unsure we connect you with a new MC close to where you live.
* Greenbriar reimburses childcare cost. We ask missional communities to provide their own childcare volunteer. Email [email protected] for more information
* Children need to hear the gospel, see a genuine community, and experience dependency on the Spirit throughout the week. If gospel, community, and mission are what we want for our children what are ways we can involve them? This is a resource to get the wheels turning.
Greenbriar encourages Partners and attendees to build DNA groups within their MCs. The term “DNA group” refers to a group that ideally consist of three people—men with men, women with women— who meet together weekly. They seek to be known and to bring the gospel to bear on each other’s lives so that they grow to become more like Jesus.
DNA is an acronym that reminds us of three key components of discipleship: Discover, Nurture, and Act.
We use the SPOTLIGHT space in the Mission Cafe to hear stories of people and communities pursuing gospel enjoyment, love for one another and a love for those in our city. If you want to share your personal or MC story email us. We want to hear! Email: [email protected]