The Practices and Habits of the Missional Church

The Practices and Habits of a Missional Church 

The Church today, “like seventeenth century Presbyterians in New Jersey countryside, we face a new frontier with challenges, our past training and experience have left us ill prepared.dwelling in the word

AND YET it is God’s mission to restore and heal creation (and all its inhabitants.) And God calls us and forms us as Christ’s Body to participate in that mission.

We must nurture new habits to help us connect with God, one another and what God is doing in the world around us. Along the way we will discover new partners who are not part of the Church and learn to do God’s mission together.” ( Bob Armstrong, consultant, Church Innovations, Sept 2014)

The habits and practices of the Missional church:

  • connect us with Christ and God’s mission in our locale
  • connect us with people from the locale who are drawn to be part of God’s mission with us
  • build on our history and traditions AND
  • call us out of comfort zones into new and exciting adventures of ministry and ministry with God’s people

Missional Practices Grants 2017

To encourage congregations within the Presbytery of Newton to engage in one or more of the Six Missional Habits, the Missional Ministry Team (MMT) is offering 8 grants for $500.00 each for the calendar year 2017.

Missional Habits Grants Application and  Information

The Six Practices and Habits

Six practices/habits work together to form Christian community within God’s mission in and for the world. One does not have priority over another or have the “right” way of doing it. They work together to create an environment and an attitude that is open to God’s call to the community and to God’s mission in the neighborhood and world.

Dwelling in the Word                   

We want the Word to shape our imaginations, intentions, and actions. So we dwell in the Word in pairs and in groups whenever we meet in order to be shaped by God’s Word as heard through one another.

Dwelling in the World                  

We want to be alert and observant of the people of peace in the world where God has sent us.  So we interact in our wider communities, looking for the people of peace God sends us each week, in order to join community where God is already at work.

Announcing the Kingdom of God            

We want to be Jesus’ witnesses, seeing Jesus at work and bearing witness to his presence in the world. So we practice noticing Jesus at work in the world and tell stories about it so that when we see the Kingdom of God near us, we can point it out to others.


We want to create safe space for forming Christian community. So we practice receiving the gracious welcome of people of peace, and we practice giving a gracious welcome to people of peace in order to build bridges within God’s mission in and for the sent out

Spiritual Discernment          

We want to recognize how we’ve come to where we are and who the Holy Spirit is calling us to be within God’s mission. So we dwell in the Word and brainstorm together our past and our present, in order to listen through one another for the Spirit directing us toward God’s preferred and promised future for us.

Focus for Missional Action     

We want to use our time and energy well, not wasting it on too many good things. So we commit to memory our specific missional vocation and use it as a standard in our congregational life together, moving us further into God’s mission in the world.



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