The Indiana Conference has a goal of every church being missional by 2020.
What exactly is a missional church? The resources below explain and help churches explore what it means to be missional.
According to the book, Shaped by God's Heart, which all Indiana United Methodist church leaders are being encouraged to study, a "missional church... [is] a reproducing community of authentic disciples, being equipped as missionaries sent by God, to live and proclaim His Kingdom in their world." (Minatrea, M. (2010). Shaped By God's Heart: The Passion and Practices of Missional Churches, Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)
Created by Church Development and Discipleship Development, the presentation, handouts, and workshop leader guide below will allow you to walk through the basics of becoming a missional church. As a companion to the book, this workshop (designed for a 60-90 minute format) will help churches MAP out plans to be missional. Simply download the files and share them with your church's leaders and members to begin the conversation about becoming more missional.
PowerPoint Presentation - to download, click the link. When prompted, save as "read-only" to save the file to your computer.
Presentation Leader Guide - includes notes for the powerpoint slides in the presentation (above)
Resources for Leader Preparation - provides additional information for leaders to use in presentations
Handouts for workshop participants - follows the flow of the presentation and offers space for note-taking
Instructions for creating a Missional Action Plan (MAP) - choose one practice at a time to focus on becoming more missional
Information and resources for "See All the People"
Please contact Discipleship Development or the Church Development staff contact for your district for more information.