In Ephesians chapter 4, Paul writes about unity in faith and the capacity (and requirement) for all people to work and serve so that the church may reach full unity. He writes, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
This means that there is a quick (one step) church assessment tool that can be used to find the missionality of your local church: Is your church fully mature?
If the answer is ‘no’ (and my assumption is that this is true for all of us), then the result of this survey is that someone isn’t doing their job.
If you’re church isn’t fully mature, someone isn’t using their gift to equip the people.
So what does this mean for Missional Christianity?
A few things.
Following these five steps equips the church fully to be effective in mission and discipleship both within the church and in the neighborhood. It calls forward all people as valuable members of the community and creates an atmosphere of positive change and momentum within the local body.
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