A missional community is a FAMILY of MISSIONARY SERVANTS
At Tidelands, our missional communities are smaller groups of believers that are actively seeking to follow Jesus in mission in their daily life. Missional communities meet together weekly, often at someone's house over a meal. There may be teaching, prayer, planning, instruction to children, Bible storying, or any number of other activities that help equip and prepare the group to live lives on mission for Jesus. Each MC identifies a particular group of people or area within their geographic area or existing relationships, and they seek to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them through word and action. As the missional community begins to live life on mission together, serving their neighbors and each other, there are many other times during a typical week when their lives overlap.
All of our missional communities gather for corporate worship Sunday morning at our church building. In this way, we hope to grow into a congregation of missional communities. A Missional Community is NOT primarily a small group, Bible study, support group, social activist group, or weekly meeting – though it may include elements of all of these things. Here is an alternate, more precise definition of a “missional community” from Soma Tacoma:
"A Missional Community consists of a committed core of believers (family) who seek to follow Jesus in mission together (missionaries) in a specific area or to a particular people group by demonstrating the gospel in tangible forms (servants) and declaring the gospel to others—both those who believe it and those who are being exposed to it (learners)."