Joshua Hill | June 22, 2015

When I first started reading Saturate, I quickly realized I’d stumbled into a book written by a big proponent of “missional communities.” Due to my limited understanding of their primary purpose, missional communities run counter to my instincts. In my experience, missional communities have often dismissed Sunday church services as old fashioned or unhelpful. They’re seen as remnants of a “once-a-week faith” that don’t do much for Monday morning. This has always struck me as an unnecessary yet unsurprising overreaction to issues in the Western church. Though my assumptions may not be as accurate as I originally suspected, they do come uncomfortably close to reality for many churches in the West. Jeff Vanderstelt mirrors this assumption, but further details the idea of a missional community:

I began to realize that I didn’t fit the typical mold of a church leader either. Yes, I could preach on a stage, but I didn’t fit the “church-as-event-only” approach anymore. I wanted to see people, all people, all kinds of people in every place, mobilized to be the “Jesus-gathered people” on his mission. (25)

The growing and widespread missional community movement is a common reaction to the church. In these missional communities, the focus tends to…

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