Missional Communities and World Missions: A Practical Guide

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership (MAML)


College of Christian Ministries and Religion


Department of Christian Ministries and Religion

Primary Advisor

Margaret de Alminana, Ph.D.


Research clearly reveals the decline in N. American Evangelical churches in the 21st century. Post-modern context requires some change-up from the traditional Christian church model so that the gospel can effectively reach younger generations and diverse cultures. The emerging missional movement is proving to be an effective shift for the Western church in the context of post-Christendom times. This paper addresses the "missional movement" which consists of the increasing focus for churches to be more missionally-focused, missionally-driven, and missionally-minded. Further, in this growing movement of awareness and action, the missional community movement is making its mark as it spreads from Europe to North America and around the world. "Missional communities" are gospel-centered communities, whose identity is expressed by being a family of missionaries, servants, and learners on mission together, doing so in creative ways to diverse cultures....

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