We thought this week we would do a bit of a round-up of various things happening in the Missional Communities movement right now. Here goes!
3dmUK are busy with another Learning Community in Sheffield this week, the last one in the 2-year cycle for the 500+ churches. This has been a great Learning Community with lots of people really seeing God breakthrough in new ways in churches right the way from Bournemouth to East Kent to Leicester, Liverpool and Edinburgh! If you want to find out more about Learning Communities then click here.
If you haven’t already seen it the 3dm HQ in the US has re-launched their website. It is full of resources, blogs and reflections on what it means to be missional disciples and churches in our world today. Their current promo carries the tagline ‘Keep Calm & Disciple On’.
We know you’re a fan of the Missional Communities Blog, but did you know that the 3dmUK also write a blog for leaders? Their latest posts have been reflecting on the journey of discipleship and what that looks like, especially about the times when it can feel really discouraging.
“…the process of stepping out requires us to live uncomfortably, to stretch ourselves, and often to experience misunderstanding from others. This process happens personally for us as leaders, but is also something experienced by the congregation. But take a look through the gospels…. doesn’t this sound familiar? Isn’t this precisely the place we often find the disciples?”
To read more head over to the blog here.
Finally, a story about getting started from a new Missional Community based in Deal, Kent.
I lead an MC with my husband called Imagine. We are a community of young adults seeking to share our lives together throughout the week, encourage each other to go deeper in our walks with God and reach out together to other young adults in our town. We have spent time helping one person with her regular craft fairs, another couple with the youth work they are involved in; we have done prayer walks and times of extended worship together, we have eaten together a fair amount and sought to bring those on the fringes of church into our community.
In the next few months we are looking to find the places where young adults hang out in our town (sports clubs, music groups etc) and go and join in. We hope to be able to run some faith-based discussion groups or an Alpha course for young adults. We love bringing people together in a community like this because it is just the right size to be able to get things done together, but not so big that we can’t know each other really well. We are a fairly young community but we are really excited about all that God is going to do with us and through us over the coming months!