Last Friday I attended a conference called "Inside the Missional Matrix." It was held at The Vineyard in Shoreline. The key speakers were Scot McKnight and Todd Hunter. It was great to hear them speak.
Scot McKnight is the author of the Jesus Creed blog. He's the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University (Chicago, Illinois). You'd think that a New Testament scholar might be a boring guy. Not so. Dr. McKnight is funny and personable. He's a great teacher.
Todd Hunter is the president of Alpha USA. Another great teacher.
I've been talking about being missional. Many people grapple with the definition. I'm going to give you Scot McKnight's definition of missional. It's from his "bloglossary."
Missional: a term favored by emerging Christians for the mission of the Church. It begins with the Mission of God (often called missio Dei) in this world; it is holistic — including both evangelism and social action; it does not divide evangelism from social action. It’s central concern is to incarnate the gospel in a community; it is concerned with reaching out (”How can we help?”) along with attracting folks “to church.” Missional can be used to define a local church while a missionary is one who sent by a local church to another country (to become missional there).
What picture does that create for you?