Missional Church

The Indiana Conference has a goal of every church being missional by 2020.

What exactly is a missional church? The resources below explain and help churches explore what it means to be missional.

According to the book, Shaped by God's Heart, which all Indiana United Methodist church leaders are being encouraged to study, a "missional church... [is] a reproducing community of authentic disciples, being equipped as missionaries sent by God, to live and proclaim His Kingdom in their world." (Minatrea, M. (2010). Shaped By God's Heart: The Passion and Practices of Missional Churches, Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series

Created by Church Development and Discipleship Development, the presentation, handouts, and workshop leader guide below will allow you to walk through the basics of becoming a missional church. As a companion to the book, this workshop (designed for a 60-90 minute format) will help churches MAP out plans to be missional. Simply download the files and share them with your church's leaders and members to begin the conversation about becoming more missional. 

Workshop Resources:

PowerPoint Presentation - to download, click the link.

  • When prompted, choose "read-only" to download and save the file to your computer.  
  • The file is a "show" version. Because of copyright concerns related to the photos in the presentation, you will not be able to edit this workshop.
  • If you try to open the presentation and receive a prompt for a password, use the "read-only" option to open the file. You should be able to run the slideshow in PowerPoint and Keynote on a Mac and in PowerPoint on a PC.    

Presentation Leader Guide - includes facilitator's notes for the powerpoint slides in the presentation (above)

Resources for Leader Preparation - provides additional information for leaders to use in presentations

Handouts for workshop participants - follows the flow of the presentation and offers space for note-taking

Instructions for creating a Missional Action Plan (MAP) - choose one practice at a time to focus on becoming more missional

Information and resources for "See All the People

Please contact Discipleship Development or the Church Development staff contact for your district for more information.