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MC Relaunch Guide

 

MC Re-launch Guide
Spring 2019


vision series discussion

  • Spend some time discussing the following questions with your group.

  1. Overall, how was the time of rest and renewal for you as individuals?

  2. How did you feel the time of rest and renewal impacted your group?

  3. What was the most impactful sermon or idea you heard during the vision series?

  4. Share something about the heart of Summit Crossing that you either did not know or that was further clarified during the Vision Series.


suggested monthly meeting rhythms

  • As a reminder from the Vision Series, the three main goals of Missional Community are as follows:

  1. To be with Jesus together, being reminded of our individual and collective union with Jesus, and abiding together in the love of God in Christ Jesus through the Word and prayer.

  2. To be family with each other, being reminded of our identity as sons and daughters, and encouraging and caring for each other as brothers and sisters.

  3. To be missionaries with each other, being reminded of our identity as sent ones by the Spirit, and encouraging and equipping each other to be on mission to the world around us.

  • The following suggested rhythms seek to help us accomplish those three main goals, while also taking care to have healthy rhythms of rest and sabbath.

  • The order of the following rhythms is suggested, but not necessary. For example, if you need to take a week of rest (flex week) on the second week due to the schedules of your group members, then that is completely fine. However, part of the first gathering is planning the rest of the month, so we do highly suggest starting your month with that gathering.

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GATHERING #1 | 
LOVING GOD (BE LOVED)

The goal of this gathering is for the Missional Community to abide in Christ and sit with Jesus together, moving from knowledge of the Word to a love for God and His glory, which will inevitably lead to a joyful obedience of his commands. All of this should be fueled by the Spirit being the primary leader and motivator of the group.

This gathering should be marked by intake of the Word, a clear comfort brought forth by the good news of the gospel, discussion around the application of the Word to the specific Missional Community, a dependence on the Spirit expressed through prayer, and planning clear next steps to obey where the Word and Spirit are leading the group.

  • We will provide a Monthly Action Guide to lead this time together as a group.

  • This is also a great opportunity for group members to take ownership of the group by committing to be a part of future gatherings (i.e. hosting a family gathering, leading a mission effort, guiding the group in discussion, etc.)

  • To be clear, though the first gathering of the month is the intentional, set-aside time to be in the Word and to pray together, we desire for the Word and prayer to be a consistent theme throughout the entire life of the Missional Community.


GATHERING #2 | 
LOVING EACH OTHER (BE FAMILY)

The goal of this gathering is for the Missional Community to actively and joyfully learn about and/or actively live out their identity as the family of God.

Typically, this gathering should be a welcoming family environment, marked by joyful celebration, mourning together when necessary, honoring each other as brothers and sisters, eating together, and simply sharing in familial life as a Missional Community.

  • There may be times when it is necessary for the group to spend these gatherings learning about the theology behind the church family, walking through reconciliation, or having tough familial conversations together as a group.


GATHERING #3 | 
LOVING YOUR NEIGHBORS (BE MISSIONARIES)

The goal of this gathering is for the Missional Community to actively and joyfully learn about and/or actively live out their identity as servants and missionaries to the world around them.

This gathering should be missional in nature, marked by a focus on the unbelieving world around us, either through teaching on God’s heart for mission, discussion around the mission of God as it relates to us in our everyday lives, prayer for the accomplishing of God’s mission, or going on mission together as a group in obedience to King Jesus.

  • We will be providing a Missional Awareness Guide that groups can use to guide them in learning and sharing about what God is doing as we seek to live out our identity as missionaries.


GATHERING #4 | 
FLEX (BE FLEXIBLE)

This gathering will be open and up to the discretion of the leader. The group should decide together during the first gathering, with the guidance of the leader, what this week should be. Examples include: a discussion around the Scriptures, a discussion around a certain topic grounded in the Scriptures, another night of being family together, another night of mission, a week of rest, etc.


monthly rhythm discussion

  • Spend some time discussing the following questions with your group.

  1. What is your first impression regarding the Monthly Rhythms?

  2. Of the three goals for a Missional Community (abiding in Jesus, being family, and being missionaries), which area do you think your group struggles with the most? Which area do you think your group does well?

  3. As an individual within this Missional Community, in which area will you be able to best serve others in the group based on your strengths and gifting? in which area will you need the most help from others based on your weaknesses?

  4. Do you think the Monthly Rhythms will help your group in accomplishing these goals, while also having healthy rhythms of rest and renewal? Why or why not?