What is Missional Transformation?

Missional Transformation is a process of discovery that begins when believers recognize their responsibility to align themselves (passions, desires, behaviors, habits) with the missionary purpose of Jesus. This transformation is fueled by a passionate, fervent commitment to the knowledge of the glory of God filling the earth as the water covers the sea (Hab. 2:14).

Missional Transformation happens when we as Christians align ourselves with the heart and passion of Jesus! “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
John 6:38-40

Missional Transformation will only happen when Christians discover that Jesus doesn’t save us simply so that we can go to heaven when we die, but rather He has redeemed us for a purpose – to display His glory! When Christians understand the true significance of the cross and the church’s mission in the world today, they often become dissatisfied with simply “going to church” on Sunday and they long to experience what it means to “be the church” on mission with Jesus. Once they experience Missional Christianity, they are ruined

Missional Transformation happens to followers of Jesus who begin to discover the need to embrace Jesus’ missionary purposes. This discovery requires adjustments to the way you follow Jesus

  • You view every believer as a missionary who is sent by Jesus to their neighborhoods and workplaces. Therefore, you start acting like a missionary and engage in missional activities.
  • You view your local church as the “people of God” rather than the “place of God.” Therefore, you partner together with other followers of Jesus as the visible presence of Christ’s church in your neighborhood and workplace. In other words, you aren’t focused on partnering only with those who go to your church.
  • You view the “church gathered” as a time for worshiping Jesus and being equipped by your pastors. Therefore, you come prepared to not only worship, but to learn how to “be Jesus” to those around you.
  • You view your life as one who has been transformed by Jesus. Therefore, you begin to see what Jesus sees, to love like Jesus, to serve like Jesus, to forgive, to care, to relate to others – to “be Jesus” to everyone!

Once you experience Missional Christianity, you are ruined!

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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