What do we mean by "Missional" or people on Pilgrimage?
Mission is the result of God’s initiative, rooted in God’s purposes to restore and heal creation. 'Mission means “sending,” and it is the central biblical theme describing the purpose of God’s action in human history…the church is the instrument of God’s mission…the biblical message is more radical, more inclusive, more transforming than we have allowed it to be…the church of Jesus Christ is not the purpose or goal of the gospel, but rather its instrument and witness. God’s mission embraces all of creation…God’s mission is calling and sending us, the church of Jesus Christ, to be a missionary church in our own societies, in the cultures in which we find ourselves.' – Missional Church – D. Guder
The Church must embody the mission of the Kingdom – reconciling a fallen and broken humanity to the Creator God through the Good News of Jesus Christ – not just “do missions.” In our every word and action we will seek to be agents of God’s love to those around us.
Valuing and accurately loving our surrounding Portland community – particularly the “least of these” – is a non-negotiable.
Justice and righteous are inseparable biblical concepts.
Service aka Mission/Pilgrimage/Outreach is the “what for” of community – Church community is a means, not an end (see Romans 12:1 – giving our lives as living sacrifices, for each other and our neighbors).
Individualizing service often results in separation from one’s community.
Mission often becomes compartmentalized as an add-on “if we have time after the rest of the church business we do.”
Our hope is that our Pockets (smaller communities) could gather around specific missions, ministries, and partners (some churches call them “mission groups”).
We also hope to have times of Mission together as a larger community, which may mean at times, service in place of a gathering = Creating Pilgrimage Pockets of space during gatherings.
Mission is a means to show the abundant love of Christ; while we hope for those outside the Church begin walking with Jesus, we leave the results of our “servant evangelism” to the Holy Spirit.
God is the one who invites others on Pilgrimage. Yet he allows us to play a role as his agents/ambassadors. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:20, “We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
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