What is a Missional Community?
The mission of Center Church is to make disciples who love God, love each other, and love our world. A Missional Community (MC) is the smaller community of people within the church with whom you pursue that mission. We believe that church is more of a family than an event, likewise, Missional Community is not an event you attend but a family you belong to.
MC’s meet in homes around Charlottesville and are geographically based so you can be in community where you live - but groups are not limited to those in the listed area. Our MC’s practice three major rhythms - Community Group, D-Group, and Missional Hangouts.
Missional Community Rhythms
(Every other week)
The purpose of this time is to connect in relationships around God’s Word.
(Every other week)
The purpose of this time is to intentionally grow deep in discipleship.
(Once a month)
The purpose of this time is to engage our communities with the gospel.
The people in a healthy MC will intentionally and sacrificially intersect lives outside of scheduled meeting times. That could look like: working out together, grocery shopping together, joining similar clubs, taking kids to the same park or studying together. Intersecting lives requires a measure of sacrifice because we all have real preferences for each area of our lives - but to intersect, each of us will have to at times give those preferences up.
Example Missional Community Monthly Calendar
Below is an example of what the life of a Missional Community might look like in a month. Events in italics represent “intersection” opportunities rather than formally scheduled gatherings.
|Worship||Community Group||Take kids to park together|
|Worship||Breakfast with D-Group||D-Group|
|Worship||Community Group||Prayer walk through an area of C’ville|
|Worship||D-Group||Trivia at Local Restaurant|
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
|Mon||Breakfast with D-Group|
|Tue||Community Group||D-Group||Community Group||D-Group|
|Thu||Take kids to park together||Breakfast with D-Group|