Missional Community Groups
The mission of God is to restore all things to himself in and through the work and person of Jesus Christ. His chosen vehicle through which he is accomplishing that mission is the church.
The church is the family of God called to together to himself and sent out on his mission. Missional Communities are the primary means through which Soma mobilizes people together on mission and connects people to a caring community.
WHAT IS A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY GROUP?
A Missional Community consists of a committed core of believers (FAMILY) who live out the mission of God 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).
To clarify, a Missional Community is NOT primarily a small group, Bible study, support group, social activist group, or weekly meeting.
Our hope is that every person who is committed to the VGC family and mission will be fully involved in a missional community and eventually the missional communities in a region will multiply and together form a new expression of Vintage Grace Communities.
The life of the church as recorded in Acts 2:42-47 came as a result of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit into the lives of a people collectively committed to the mission of God. The description we read about in Acts was not the means of becoming a great church, but the results of God working through a people committed to him and his mission.
We believe God is still more committed to his mission being accomplished then us having our preferred church experience. Missional Communities exist to partner with God to further his mission in every part of our region.
EACH MISSIONAL COMMUNITY WILL:
1. Be led by a team committed to leading, shepherding, equipping and organizing a community on mission
2. Grow together in understanding and application of the Gospel to who we are (Identities) because of God’s work in and through Jesus
3. Live out the weekly Rhythms of a family on mission together (Story-formed, Listen, Celebrate, Eat, Bless and ReCreate) – BE the church together throughout the week
4. Identify, equip and release new leadership to begin new Missional Communities
PATHWAYS INTO A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY:
1. Fill out an info card (and note that you’re interested in Missional Communities), and a leader will get in touch.
2. Talk to a MC leader or other VGC leader (A good place to start is the “VGC Connect” info table).
3. Go with a friend and check out their MC.
4. Find an MC near you, and contact a leader.
5. Consider starting one in your area and start attending MC leader training sessions when available.