Practices Overview

Missional practices are intentional and repetitive patterns of individual and community actions. They lead to encounters where God’s activity and God’s invitation to Christ’s mission are discovered. They lead us into relationships with God, the Living Christ, and the Holy Spirit that in turn lead us to develop relationships of healing and wholeness with others. Awareness of the deeply relational and communal nature of God leads us to new levels of generosity in our engagement and hospitality with our neighbors.

 

A - Z Practices 


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24 months of dwelling in the word

  • 24 Dwelling in the Word with scripture texts and questions for continued focus a month at a time.


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breathing in the spaces

  • To center ourselves and be more aware of people and God’s presence by stopping and consciously taking a breath as we enter various spaces during the day.

Blessings of loving kindness - a missional practice

  • To cultivate loving-kindness, well-being, happiness, and peace toward ourselves and others. Speaking words of blessing out loud or inwardly does more than reflect our thoughts—they shape our feelings and behaviors.

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Congregational Journaling

To help the Pastor Leadership Team and the congregation to note experiences to discern patterns of insight over time. 

centering Prayer

Experience God’s Spirit centering, calming, and revitalizing your whole being… by taking moments for silence, by relaxing your body, by deep and intentionally conscious breathing, and by praying.


Connecting centering dwelling in the word

  • For various teams or groups to begin their meetings by supporting one another, being aware of God’s presence, and focusing on Christ’s mission.

Craft Making receiving christ's invitation

  • To be awake to Christ’s invitation in a story of scripture from the four Gospels while doing a craft, such as knitting, carpentry or gardening.

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Developing Missional Practices

  • Information that encourages and outlines how to create missional practices that cultivate new understandings, ways of being, and living Christ’s mission.

Difficult Conversations three scenarios

  • A companion handout for Difficult Conversations—A Missional Practice that offers three scenarios for discussion.

Difficult Conversation a missional practice

  • To be mindful and prayerful about creating safe space for all involved to experience peace, reconciliation and healing of the spirit in difficult conversations around conflict, misunderstandings or hurt feelings.

Drawing out our Sacred Story

  • A missional exercise that offers starter questions to help people discover and tell their sacred story.

Dwelling in Prayer

  • To listen to God and to one another to hear and discover in new ways God’s direction by reading prayers and posing questions

Dwelling in the Word

  • To listen to God and one another, to hear and discover in new ways God’s invitation by reading scripture and posing questions.

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Forgiveness

  • To forgive for personal well-being and for healing broken relationships by releasing feelings of guilt, anger, or disappointment.

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Holy Curiosity for the Other

  • To embody the invitation to Christ’s peace by creating safe space and risking deeper relationships in meaningful conversation with others.


Hymn Reading

  • To be awake to and recognize Christ’s invitation reflecting on a hymn and a story of scripture from the four Gospels.


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Imaginative Contemplation Receiving Christ's Invitation

  • To be awake to Christ’s invitation by reading and placing one’s self with Jesus in a story of scripture from the four Gospels.


In Mission with Jesus

  • To intentionally and creatively relate congregational worship experiences to living Christ’s mission throughout the week.

 

In Creation Receiving Christ's Invitation

  • To be awake to Christ’s invitation by being attentive to creation and reading a story of scripture from the four Gospels.


Intentional Conversation a MISSIONAL Practice

  • To slow down, to go much deeper than transactional conversations and to connect with others at a deeply personal and authentic level where we encounter the presence of Christ.

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Living with the Questions

  • To identify and live with prophetic questions (essential questions) that help people see and live God’s future as individuals and signal communities of justice and peace.


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Making Room – A Missional Practice

  • To intentionally and prayerfully record and reflect on our use of time and financial resources each week to seek the Spirit’s guidance to make room to deepen your ministry.


Missional Practices Categorized by Our Three Primary Relationships

  • Information that relates and identifies all the missional practices to these primary relationships: Loving God, Loving One Another, and Loving Our Neighbor.

Mission Prayer

  • To become fully awake to the world around us and to have courage to go where the Spirit leads



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Personal Journaling

  • Journal memories and reflections on what we are encountering and learning about God, one another, and our neighbors as we engage in the missional journey. 


Prayer of Examen Receiving Christ's Invitation

  • To be awake to Christ’s invitation in a story of scripture from the four Gospels and reflecting on your life as it unfolds each day.


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Sharing in the Round

  • A practice of hospitality to deepen relationships over meals with one another and our neighbors. 


Sharing My Favorite Scripture and My Story

  • To deepen our relationships with one another and with God by each person sharing an important scripture passage that is meaningful to their lives.


Silence

  • Cultivate deep relational space with silence to become increasingly aware of the Spirit leading us into mission.

Sharing My Story

  • To contemplate and be prepared to share in conversations with another person, when prompted, glimpses of your journey with Christ.

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Third Place Ministry

  • Listen and pay attention in informal settings to what is happening in the lives of people in your community.


Twelve Week Study Guide for Generously Receive and Share the Invitation

  • Dwelling in the Word with scripture texts and questions for continued focus a month at a time with focus on Invitation.

Twelve Months of Dwelling in the Word

  • Dwelling in the Word with scripture texts and questions for continued focus a month at a time for 12 months.



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Validating One Another Missional Exercise

  • Provides a set of steps to identify and meaningfully convey the giftedness in people. 


Valuing the Other

  • Deepen conversation and understanding in group or team meetings by active listening skills.


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Walking the Neighborhood

  • To walk your congregational or personal neighborhoods to sense where God is active and to sense opportunities for conversation and ways to bless through silent prayer.


Writing a Poem Receiving Christ's Invitation

  • To be awake to Christ’s invitation in a story of scripture from the four Gospels and by reflecting on an experience from one’s life and then writing a poem.