Leading Mission Tips

There are two aspects to becoming a “missional” congregation: (1) seeking God’s guidance and will; and (2) moving out in our neighborhoods to help address issues of justice and peace.  Please use these tips written by Carol lei Breckenridge (Riverview Congregation) as helpful ideas for leading mission and implementing new practices into your personal and congregational life.  Additional information about leading mission in Community of Christ can be found on the Missional Leaders website.

  • ENCOUNTER – May 16, 2016

    “Christ’s Mission is Our Mission” sounds good,, but to make it a reality in our congregations, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what mission means. 7 Principles of Mission have been identified, and in the next few weeks, we will explore each. The first principle of mission is...

  • Principles of Mission – May 9, 2016

    We have by now all heard the phrase, “Christ’s mission is our mission,” and if we desire to live out that goal, it will be helpful to consider the 7 Foundational Principles of Mission. 1. Mission begins with encounter – We encounter God, God’s love, and God’s mission through direct...

  • Centering Prayer – May 2, 2016

    Centering Prayer is one of the most basic ways to connect with God’s divine Spirit and Presence. The following practice can be done in congregational groups. A leader guides a group process by reading these phrases slowly, with pauses between to allow spiritual centering: “Sit upright, feet flat on the...

  • Incorporating “Dwelling in the Word” – April 25, 2016

    Last week, we looked at ways to develop a more intentionally Spirit-led congregation. “Dwelling in the Word” (discussed in February) is a spiritual practice that can help us do that. To review, “Dwelling in the Word” can be done in this way: pre-select a scripture passage; gather in the spirit...

  • Becoming Spirit-Led – April 18, 2016

    This week’s “Leading Mission Tip” will consider how our congregations can become more Spirit-Led. In meetings, we have a natural tendency to focus primarily on problem solving and planning. However, if we want to live into God’s future we must allow God’s Spirit to lead. In congregational meetings, try reorienting...

  • Valuing the Other – April 4, 2016

    Developing active listening skills, deepening relationships, and creating a safe place for people to share their insights and feelings in a congregational setting usually requires some deliberate planning! This week’s “Leading Mission Tip” centers around group discussion in which each person’s thoughts are truly valued and heard*: Have an object...

  • March 28, 2016

    As mentioned earlier, an essential step in becoming a missional congregation is to slow down and take time to be with the Divine Spirit on a regular basis. Through this intentional process, we become more open to God’s guidance, and to re-evaluating what we are doing in light of Jesus’...

  • Becoming a “Missional” congregation – March 14, 2016

    Leading Mission Tip — Becoming a “Missional” congregation — Wk. of Mar. 14 This week, let’s consider why we might need to change how we are doing “church.”* In recent years, we have been experiencing a significant shift in society where “the church” is no longer at the center of...

  • Walking the Neighborhood – March 7, 2016

    This week’s Leading Mission Tip is a valuable – and fun – activity for a congregation, called “Walking the Neighborhood.” The purpose is to walk around the congregational neighborhood “to sense where God is active, enter opportunities for conversation, and offer blessings through silent prayer. By learning to listen and...

  • The Mission Prayer – February 29, 2016

    Continuing the “Encounter” aspect of becoming a “missional” congregation, we “encounter God’s Spirit, each other, and the surrounding community.”* The congregation is invited – both individually and in group settings/meetings “to pray daily to be led by the Spirit and to have courage to go where the Spirit leads” through...