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

Community Group

(Every other week)

The purpose of this time is to connect in relationships around God’s Word.

D-Group

(Every other week)

The purpose of this time is to intentionally grow deep in discipleship.

Missional Hangout

(Once a month)

The purpose of this time is to engage our communities with the gospel.

 

Intentional Intersection

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.

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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
Sun Worship Worship Worship Worship
Mon Breakfast with D-Group
Tue Community Group D-Group Community Group D-Group
Wed
Thu Take kids to park together Breakfast with D-Group
Fri
Sat Prayerwalk together