The Open Door has been talking a lot about how we can congeal and orient our life together not just around the worship gathering or a set of doctrinal beliefs (although important) but around a way of life or what some are calling missional practices. What are missional practices?
Missional practices are specific, intentional, organized and purposeful ways of living that a community agrees to live out together. Missional practices form us in Christ while propelling us into the mission of God. Missional practices orient us around the common pursuit of loving God, one another and the world. Missional practices for us at the Open Door are focused and ordered ways of living that enable us to fufill our mission of creating passageways to God, one another and the world.
Alan Roxburgh and Chris Erdman said, “Without missional practices it will be impossible to cultivate the kinds of imagination and encounters among God’s people that will birth missional congregations. The cultivation of these practices will take time for a number of reasons. Congregations have ceased to be covenant communities. Modernity transformed them into voluntary associations of free individuals who join congregations out of needs and stay out of personal choice as long as those needs are met. Missional practices question the core of these assumptions and are, therefore, strongly resisted by many of those who currently populate congregations.” from their blog called Oddesy.
I am interested in other people's thoughts on the purpose of missinal practices.