Expanding the Expedition Reach with Missional Communities
1 of 23 books in the 2021/2022 Greatest Expedition Series
Author Rachel Gilmore writes that missional communities are popping up in auto shops, pubs, parks, and tattoo parlors. The pandemic of Covid-19 created virtual missional communities that meet in a Zoom room to talk about parables while eating pizza that they all ordered from a local restaurant. Missional communities are springing up by using the house party app where friends and friends of friends gather to play games and pray for situations they are facing during quarantine.
In her book, Expanding the Expedition Reach with Missional Communities, Gilmore discusses three primary reasons churches must take mission communities more seriously and what to do to make more missional communities a reality.
- What is a Missional Community?
- Why do we Need Missional Communities?
- Listen and Discern
- Love, Serve & Gather
- Disciple and Worship
Intended to serve as a companion to The Greatest Expedition (greatestexpedition.com) or a standalone guide, Expanding The Expedition Reach With Missional Communities is a must-read for churches as we sort through the post-pandemic period of Christianity.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:
Rachel Gilmore has written the most accessible, practical, and insightful book on missional communities to date. Rachel has a unique perspective as a practitioner of cultivating missional communities herself. She shares wisdom from her experience on the front lines of mission. If you are looking to embark on an expedition that releases the whole people of God, multiples disciples, and leads to flourishing communities, this book is your road map.
Rev. Dr. Michael Adam Beck
Director of the Fresh Expressions House of Studies at United Theological Seminary
In these pages, Rachel Gilmore, a wise and treasured colleague of mine, teaches us the rhythm of twenty-first century ministry. In this very fast read, you and your team can quickly catch on to how it works. Short cut over one of the beats in this rhythm to your ministry’s peril!
Author of Cultural Competency: Partnering with Your Neighbors in Ministry
Rachel not only unpacks starting faith communities outside the church walls, but also provides faithful steps in discerning the type of missional community God is calling readers to start, how to mature and grow a missional community, and finally how to create a multiplication DNA in the missional community from the beginning. Everyone setting off to start a missional community needs this road map!
Co-Author of Mission Possible 3+ and Author of Being the Church in a Post-Pandemic World