3 Brilliant Group Resources on Mission

A great way to be inspired and encouraged to engage in mission is to explore what that might look like together with a group of like-minded people.

Here are 3 resources on mission we’ve found useful, which you could look at together with a group of friends, with your missional community or church planting team, in your church council, or with your small group.

1. Mission-Shaped Intro

msi is Fresh Expressions’ introductory course encouraging people to re-imagine church for our changing world.

The course runs over six weeks, with a lot of flexibility in how you present it depending on the size of your group and where you’re meeting – you can make use of any combination of downloadable slides, leaders guides and workbooks for participants. Included with the course are video clips which present examples from fresh expressions of church around the UK.

You can download the course materials for free online, or pay to get hold of the printed edition.

2. The Possible World

The Possible World is a course produced by the Church Mission Society which explores practical ways in which ordinary people can join in with God’s Mission.

Each week covers a different theme or aspect of living in today’s world, including hospitality, consumer culture, the environment, suffering and injustice, with an introductory and concluding session at the beginning and end of the material. Part of each session are clips from a series of interviews with CMS mission partners and community members who seeking to live out practically some of the themes covered.

The complete course pack with a leader’s guide and DVD is available to buy from CMS.

3. Missional Essentials

Missional Essentials is an American resource we’ve been trying out with some of our small groups and with our apprentices (link) who’ve joined our missional community in Alway this year.

It brings together a robust introduction to biblical theology of mission with a practical exploration of missional practices and rhythms. Each session is made up of an introductory discussion, a bible study, shared discussion on a short piece of reading on mission, and then practical application. It does focus on some specifics of American culture in places, but mostly these ideas translate across.

You can get hold of the Missional Essentials handbook on Amazon, which each participant will need a copy of. The guide makes a great individual resource to in itself because of all the short articles on mission it contains.

Bonus: Following the Missionary Spirit

You could also consider using our new free e-book based on our Taylor Tuesdays posts as the basis of some group work. Find out more about it here. (Link!!!!!).

About the author: James Henley
James Henley
James has been with The Lab since 2007 and leads our team. He's an ordained pioneer minister in the Church in Wales.