Missional Leading Modules


Module 1:


Leading Congregations in Mission: A Bold New Vision of Life in the Spirit

A bold new vision and way of living is emerging that reclaims the message and mission of Christ in a hurting and separated word. How is Community of Christ being called to prophetically convey and live this vision through invitational communities of justice and peace?

Module 2:

Mission Begins with Encounter

God is the source and sustainer of mission. How does our encounter with the living Christ change everything – our relationships with God, ourselves, others, and the earth?

Module 3:

The Missional Incarnational Impulse

What is “missional” and how is it different from traditional approaches to mission? What is “incarnational” and how does radically reshape our approach to Christ’s mission today?

  • New Discussion Guide
  • Missio Dei Video and Discussion Questions
  • Revised Missional Principles Overview
  • John Chapter 1 Dwelling in the Word
  • The Mission Matters Most - 2011 Presidential Address to the Church
  • New Next Steps for the Journey


Getting Started as a Pastor Leadership Team

Why is Shared Leadership so important to discerning, leading, and sustaining mission? How does a pastor leadership team approach the task of discernment, discussion, decision making, and leading mission?


  • New Discussion Guide
  • Revised Shared Leadership and Pastor Leadership Team
  • Colors Exercise
  • Assessing Team Climate
  • Assessing Team Communication
  • Developing Consensus (Red, Yellow, Green Cards)
  • Revised Getting Started with the PLT
  • New Next Steps for the Journey

Module 5:

The Missional Process for Congregations and Small Groups

How might a pastor leadership team or small group leader approach leading a missional journey? What are the steps and practices that help a congregation/small group encounter, discover, and live into new forms of ministry and mission?

  • New Discussion Guide
  • LCM Process Graphic
  • New LCM Overview Doc (from Retreat 5)
  • Revised Our Identity and Calling
  • Getting Started as a PLT
  • New Next Steps for the Journey

Module 6:

Discerning and Pursuing Essential Questions 

 There is an almost insatiable need for certainty in a world that is constantly changing. Jesus asked essential questions as a way to challenge others to discern and pursue what matters most. What is an essential question and how can discerning and pursuing inspired questions shape us as disciples and the church for the future?

  • New Discussion Guide
  • Discerning Essential Questions
  • Living with the Questions Practice
  • New Getting Started with Essential Questions
  • New Next Steps for the Journey

Module 7:

God is Relational, Mission is Relational 

Our yearning to be in relationship is part of our divine nature. If God is relational and the fullest expression of the gospel is lived out in relationships, then how does this shape everything we do as disciples and the church? How does this call us into new relationships of invitation, hospitality, and healing?

  • New Discussion Guide
  • Mission is Relational Video and Discussion Questions
  • Mission is Relational – Two Quotes with Questions
  • New The Relational Challenge with Essential Question – (Margaret Wheatley Quote - Turning to One Another)
  • Valuing the Other Practice
  • New Sharing in the Round – Going Deeper
  • Tables Video and Discussion Questions
  • New Next Steps for the Journey

Module 8:

Leading with Uncertainty and Change

Any conversation that introduces the possibility of something new will cause potential uncertainty and resistance. How should the pastor leadership team engage in conversation and invite the congregation into a process of discovery? What best practices can help minimize the disruption caused when new ideas and approaches are introduced?

  • New Discussion Guide
  • Difficult Conversations Overview with Guides
  •  Leading in a Time of Transition Video and Discussion Questions
  • New Best Practice Ideas for Congregational Leaders
  • New Next Steps for the Journey

Module 9:

Creating Safe Space for Conversation and Inspiration

If mission is relational then creating safe space to free meaningful conversation and inspiration is the incubator of mission. Although most congregations and small groups consider themselves safe places, further exploration often reveals a different reality.  Proactive approaches to creating safe space is one of the most important aspects of discerning and leading mission. Skipping over this most often results in limited engagement or at times a total breakdown in healthy interaction and collaboration.

  • New Discussion Guide
  • Leading in Transition Video and Discussion Questions
  • Creative Phases for Prophetic Imagination
  • Creating Safe Space: Conversation is Essential to Mission (Retreat 2 Tools)
  • New Practices that Cultivate Safe Space (from LCM and Turning to One Another)
  • New Next Steps for the Journey

Module 10:

Discovering Our Context for Mission – Uncovering Cultural Longings

God is moving in and through culture to reveal new understandings. How do we become cultural interpreters that can discern what God is doing around us and convey the essence of the gospel in new language and form?

  • New Discussion Guide
  • Let the Spirit Breathe Video and Discussion Questions
  • Revised Framework for Leading Mission in Western Contexts
  • How We Gather (New PDF Resource – need permissions)
  • New Next Steps for the Journey
  • Tables Video and Discussion Questions

Module 11:

Discovering Our Context for Mission – The Relational Approach

How do we truly understand our context for mission? Is it primarily about statistical analysis and surveys or relationships? What can we learn about each other when invite someone to share their story?


  • New Discussion Guide
  • Frames Video and Discussion Questions
  • New Overview of Practices for the Journey
  • New Next Steps for the Journey
  • Drawing Out Sacred Story (Retreat 2 Handout)
  • New Next Steps for the Journey

Module 12:

Worship as Communal Practice of Encounter

How can worship move beyond lifeless ritual to a disruptive encounter with God and one another? How can worship be a reflection of the relational nature of God? How are we being called to revision worship that leads us deeper into our identity and calling as communities of Christ?

  • New Discussion Guide
  • Roundtable Video on Missional Worship and Discussion Questions
  •  Worship as Community Missional Practice (Retreat 2 Tools)
  •  Sample Missional Worship Outlines
    (Retreat 2 Tools) 
  • Planning for Encounter in Worship: Understanding Your Congregation’s Spiritual Types
  • New Next Steps for the Journey

Module 13:

Discovering God’s Future Together – Prophetic Imagination

What does it mean to be a people who live by the principle of Continuing Revelation? What is the linkage between our understanding of Continuing Revelation and Walter Brueggemann’s Prophetic Imagination? Why are these concepts and practices so important to discovering God’s future?


  • New Discussion Guide
  • The Prophetic Imagination: An Introduction
  • Roundtable Video on Prophetic Imagination and Discussion Questions
  • Open Your Eyes Video and Discussion Questions
  • New Three Shared Practices as Initial Prophetic Steps
  • New Next Steps for the Journey

Module 14:

Constructing and Launching Experiments

Discover, Envision, and Experiment is the prophetic core of LCM. Out of the well of new insights come new ideas! Experiments are about acting on our inspired ideas recognizing the missional journey is a process of discovery not certainty. How can we free new ideas and innovation in our ministry? Seeing our journey as experimental helps us let go of “analysis paralysis” and the need for certain outcomes.

  • New Discussion Guide (link experiments to prophetic imagination)
  • Experiments – Mission is Risking Something New (Retreat 5 Tools)
  •  Risking Something New Lyrics Video and Discussion Questions (Retreat 5)
  • New Examples from Around the Field
  • New Next Steps for the Journey

Module 15:

Sharing Christ’s Peace: Redefining Invitation and Hospitality

Evangelism must be redefined and relived for a new time. How does evangelism as invitation to all the dimensions of Christ’s peace call us into a new way of living? How does this look different from traditional approaches to evangelism?

  • New Discussion Guide
  • The Great Reversal Video and Discussion Questions
  • Invite Video and Discussion Questions
  • Receive Embody and Share the Invitation to Christs’ Peace
  • Twelve Week Study Guide – Generously Receive Embody and Share the Invitation
  • Reflection Guide – Who is Jesus to Me Booklet
  • New Next Steps for the Journey

Module 16:

Sharing Christ’s Peace: Receiving and Sharing of Our Transforming Stories

How is holistic evangelism a call to encounter one another and the Spirit in our evolving faith stories? Where do these stories lead and how do they reveal the next faithful step in our journey of transformation with others?

  • New Discussion Guide
  • Nudge Video and Discussion Questions
  • My Evolving Faith Story Booklet
  • Our Evolving Faith Story Booklet
  • Community of Christ Video and Discussion Questions
  • Making Room Practice
  • Sharing My Story Practice
  • Receive Embody and Share the Invitation to Christ’s Peace
  • Twelve Week: Generously Receive Embody and Share the Invitation
  • New Next Steps for the Journey

Module 17:

Sharing Christ’s Peace: Alleviating Spiritual and Physical Suffering

What is the relationship between our call to share the peace of Jesus Christ and our first three mission initiatives? How does our willingness to risk new relationships lead to new opportunities for spiritual and physical transformation? How is the Spirit disrupting us with a vision of what could be?

  • New Discussion Guide
  • President Steve Veazey 2016 Closing World Conference Challenge
  • The Mission Matters Most - 2011 Presidential Address to the Church
  • New Next Steps for the Journey