“The Great Commission doesn’t have an age attached to it.”
I read this quote from our friend Gina Mueller on a guest blog post she wrote recently. I love it for a number of reasons, but the main reason is that it addresses the need to help equip the next generation to live their lives as their mission. This quote is a game-changer in the way we think about how we are using the few years we have with students. It causes me assess whether or not I’m using the time I have (and my leaders have) with students to help them run with their passions that God has given them to be disciples that make disciples amongst other students – to commission them, right here, right now!
The reason we do Missional Communities (GoCommunities is our church language for MCs) for high school students is because we want to raise up a generation of students that tangibly knows what it looks like to disciple those around them through intentional community. And this is why we look to multiply our Missional Communities.
The last few posts have talked about our process of multiplying Missional Communities and this is the final post in this 4 part series – the Pursuit step of multiplication. Feel free to read the posts on Passion, Prayer, and People.
At this point in the multiplication process the students that we are commissioning are clear on their passion, the people they feel called to, and the vision that God has given them. The step of Pursuit is the commissioning of students to actually pursue what God is calling them to. This is when the practicals, details, and rhythms get flushed out; while at the same time, making sure that the students you are commissioning keep God at the core and the people they are called to are the focus.
Here’s some of the practicals in the Pursuit step:
- Mission/Vision – it’s important for each MC that we are multiplying out to have a specific Mission/Vision. This is one of the practicals that each MC needs to have. It helps students tell others what their MC is about in a short and sweet way, as well as, help them keep focused on why they are doing what they are doing. Read Alex Absalom’s post on Mission/Vision here.
- Rhythm – it’s crucial for each MC to have a rhythm. One way for each MC to have a rhythm is to figure out what Come, Thrive, GO looks like for them. Part of this CTG rhythm deals with what the structure of their time together will look like. The other part is the rhythm of when they will gather together, which includes location, days, times, etc.
- Person of Peace – another part of the Pursuit step is for them to continue to develop their relationship with their PoP and the inclusion of them in the MC.
This is a fun process to be a part of as we get to commission students to go out and live their lives as their mission, in order to be disciples that make disciples. This process of Passion, Prayer, People, and Pursuit is a journey of celebration because we know that when the students get to the Pursuit step we are commissioning them to share their lives and Jesus with other students that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to impact! We get to help students live out the Great Commission and be missionaries right where they are at.
If you have thoughts or questions about what it looks like to multiply Missional Communities we would love to talk with you about it. There are probably some questions that have come up throughout these series of posts that we didn’t get address on here. Feel free to comment on here, email, or contact us via social media.