3 Practical Ways to be Missional

Over the past few months the Lord has been working in my heart about being more missional as a Christian. What I mean by being missional is living in such a way that Jesus lived. He was sent into the world to serve and save others (Matthew 20:28; Luke 19:10)  and now, as believers, we are sent into the world to do the same (Matthew 5:13-16). After spending four years at a Bible college and now (and will be as a vocation) working at a local church, I spend most of my time around Christians. The Lord has convicted me of this because He did not save me to just sit in a Bible study or a worship service, but saved me to go out into the world and be missional! I believe most Christians struggle with this idea because we think as Christians we are supposed to be totally separate from the world. We need to remember we are called to be IN the world, but not of it. Here are three simple ways God has helped me be more missional and I believe they will help you as well:

1. Join the local gym. There is a YMCA or rec center in almost every community. One simple way to be missional is to join your local gym or rec center. This will not only help you exercise, which is something that honors God, but it will help you be around people who need the Gospel. As you work out, play pick up ball, or swim you can build relationships with people who may never step foot inside your church. I recently joined the rec center in the community I am living in right now and God has allowed me to connect with other guys by playing basketball.

2. Do your work at a local coffee shop. The local coffee shops will attract a different crowd than the gym, but it still will attract a crowd that needs the Gospel. If you’re a college or seminary student, you MUST do this! Don’t just sit in your dorm room or the library on your Christian school campus, go to the local coffee shops so you can build relationships with unbelievers as you get some work done. My fiancée and I do a lot of our work at a local coffee shop here in Medina. There is always a ton of people and it is a great way to be out in the world.

3. Get a local part-time job. Obviously this isn’t for everyone, but if your working part-time for a church or a Christian business, think about working a secular part-time job. Furthermore, if God has called you to work in a secular field, embrace it! God will and can use people working in a secular field! He doesn’t need and want everyone in full-time ministry. Currently I am only a part-time, unpaid intern at a church. Because of this I believe God is wanting me to work a part-time job here in the community. This will allow me to be more missional and build relationships with people who need the Gospel.

In Jude 1:23, the Bible tells us to “save others by snatching them out of the fire…” This is a vivid picture of what we are called to do as believers; live a missional live so we can save people from eternal separation from God in hell. We will never snatch people out of the fire by spending all our time in church. We will never snatch people out of the fire if we are scared to go out into the world. I believe too many Christians are so worried about staying “away” from the world they never become missional. Or maybe it’s a lack of concern for the lost. Maybe we are not missional because we scared, but because we simply don’t care about the people in the world headed hell. Either way, God has called us to be about His mission. Go out into the world and be missional!

Related posts/articles/book:
3 Ways to Love Your City
Defining Missional
Missional Christianity Series by Resurgence
What is the Mission of the Church? by Kevin DeYoung

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Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University in Christian Ministries with a student ministries focus. He also has Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball & golf, spending time with his wife, and sharing the Gospel with students and helping them live a Bible centered life.

5 thoughts on “3 Practical Ways to be Missional”

  1. This is a good post Austin and I think it’s great you provided practical and real obtainable ways to step out and be missional. In fact there are missional opportunities all around us in our day to day comings and goings. I do believe that the church is starting to get out of the staying in our 4 walls not going out into the world mindsets. We are called to be the church and that’s something we carry wherever we go. Often times I think when the word “missions” comes up, people think that means going abroad on a missions trip to Africa. Missions can happen in a coffee house, a local gym: serving others, spreading the love of Jesus through the gospel. I pray that through your post more youth will see missional opportunities in their day to day lives.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to read this post and to leave a comment. As you said, missions can happen anywhere. As Christians, we are missionaries everywhere we go. That is why we must live a missional life.

      Austin

  2. This is a good post, I hadn’t read it before the contest. So now that you’re in full time Ministry, any new thoughts on being Missional?

    1. I think being missional while in full-time ministry is extremely tough because you spend most of your time around the church and other church leaders. It’s hard to find time to spend with non-believers in your community. But that’s not an excuse. We still must be missional minded in the way we live. I still think joining a gym and doing work in a coffee shop out in your community is good. I don’t have time to work a part-time “secular” job, but I can still volunteer out in the community. Thanks for coming by and reading this post!

      Austin

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