Here’s the second key idea related to what it means to be a “missional” church (see part 1 here)
Embrace evangelism as a community project.
In their book, Total Church, Tim Chester and Steve Timmis offer this helpful picture related to the Three Strands of Evangelism:
Chester and Timmis rightly point out that we usually only focus on evangelism as an individual project, where we only focus on the top two strands. Therefore–as not all people are strong at building relationships or sharing, illustrating, or defending the gospel–most people are left out and feel guilty about it.
But if we view evangelism as a community project, it unleashes a new kind of missionary power. Chester and Timmis write:
“Not all of us are eloquent or engaging. Not everyone can think on their feet. Some people are simply not good at speaking to strangers and forming new relationships. One of the practical benefits of the three-strand model of evangelism is that it gives a role to all of God’s people. By making evangelism a community project, it also takes seriously the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit in distributing a variety of gifts among his people. Everyone has a part to play: the new Christian, the introvert, the extrovert, the eloquent, the stuttering, the intelligent, the awkward. I may be the one who has begun to build a relationship with my neighbor, but in introducing him to community, it is someone else who shares the gospel with him. That is not only legitimate; it is positively thrilling!”
What are some helpful ways you’ve found to introduce people into community?