This year we have put together the Five C’s of a Missional Group. For more information about the Five C’s, go here.
As I was reflecting on the Five C’s last night, it occurred to me: We call it the Five C’s of a MISSIONAL Group. What makes the Five C’s missional? Or, what makes the Five C’s any different than any other strategy or, I can hardly say this but…any other program?
In other words, what makes the Five C’s different from any other attractional church strategy? What makes it missional?
I am going to share my thoughts on this later this week, but what do you think? Is one “C” more important or vital than the other C’s?
For a quick refresher, here are the Five C’s…
Leaders of small groups and Sunday School classes need to be more than just warm bodies! Leaders consecrate themselves for the ministry of being a godly leader and living a godly life because they recognize that the people in their groups model the life of the group leader. (2 Timothy 2:21)
Connect with Others
Missional groups connect to other people in 3 ways: (John 1:45)
- Connect to others in the group through ministry and life;
- Connect personally to unchurched friends and neighbors;
- Connect to God through prayer, Bible study, and service.
The Bible is the focus of study for a missional group. Curriculum and resources are tools to help the group study Scripture, not the other way around! Missional groups allow God to speak into their lives through His written word and live in obedience to that word. (Hebrews 4:12)
Mission statements are mere words until something happens! The small group structure is how the church organizes itself to actually carry out its mission to the world. Small groups and classes need a cause that is beyond the four walls of the class or home and puts the Gospel on display in the community. (John 20:21)
The results of a missional group are people who have being transformed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As leaders are transformed by the Gospel, their groups transform. As groups transform, the church is transformed. As church members live out and share the Gospel in the neighborhood, communities are transformed and others are brought to faith in Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:18)