Besides being really helpful for anyone thinking about planting Missional Communities (MCs), it’s very timely for us, as one of the main tasks we are working at right now in our church plant is multiplying: this fall we will go from one MC to two or three.
We’ve been working hard for the past year or so at building everything on the foundation of culture of discipleship that pervades everything we do. As people have been discipled their passion for participating in Jesus’ mission has increased, and we have started to see vision for specific relational networks and neighborhoods emerge.
Now we’re working with those leaders, training them in relational mission and helping them clarify and hone their vision so they can call others to it and form a band of missionaries who will form the core group of a new MC.
It’s exciting stuff, but as Doug says in the article, it’s challenging work, and there are all kinds of ways to mess it up! Go read reasons 1-5 of why MCs fail, and make sure to check Doug’s blog in the coming days for reasons 6-10.