Daniel Larsen

Planter Tools

Daniel Larsen
Planter Tools

Our vision has been that Partners become Planters saturating their neighborhoods and networks with the love of Jesus. Our vision has not been to leave that process without clarity, direction, and equipping tools to help Planters thrive!

 

What Is Missional Community?

 

Missional Community Stories

  John & Jackie Glass   Life is about loving God and loving others, and being part of a Missional Community helps us to practically live this out each week. It’s that simple. Missional Communities give us a specific target as to WHO we feel God is calling us to uniquely love, based on needs, neighborhoods, and life callings. It is how our hands and feet respond to what our minds and hearts learn at church on Sunday.    Our Missional Community exists to Help the families of Seasons 4 neighborhood in Roselle Find & Follow Christ.   In the past few months, we’ve spent more time connecting with neighbors in our driveways and at our association pool, as well as planning outdoor movie nights. We’ve been dependant on the Holy Spirit’s leading as to which neighbors need to tangibly feel the love of God, and then we get to work together, responding with our very own hands and feet.  Maybe it’s a conversation or a meal or a note. Doesn’t need to be anything big as long as it shows kindness to others. In fact, we’ve noticed that small acts of kindness actually pique people’s curiosity. A neighbor commented to us, “Why would a group of people put on a free outdoor movie night? What’s the catch?”  Here’s the catch: We are the light of the world, and when light begins to shine through cracks, people are curious to see where this light is coming from.  And we don’t have to do this alone. Being part of a Missional Community means we are serving our neighbors alongside our friends, who are like family. In our Missional Community of eight adults, we eat together, listen to what’s going on in each others’ lives, grow spiritually and look for opportunities for fun. All of our children are included as well because what better way for them to see how to love God and love others than to watch their parents up close. It is such a win for our children, who we believe are already living out the next generation of Missional Communities, as they ride the bus to school and compete on sports teams and play at the park in our neighborhood. Through our Missional Community, we have the opportunity for the families in our neighborhood to experience the love of Jesus, and we believe that this kind of radical love will change the course of many of our neighbors’ lives.  At the start of our Missional Community, we wondered how we would be able to handle adding in one more thing in our lives. We wanted friends and family time and a place to volunteer. What we found with a Missional Community is that it didn’t add one more thing to our lives. It actually helped simplify and focus our time. Missional Communities hit the target of loving like family, being on mission helping people find and follow Christ, and serving our way toward that end. Loving God and loving others in the everyday rhythms of life. It’s beautiful really. And, it’s also contagious, which is exactly the point. A group of people loving God and loving others, so that the “others” in turn begin to love God and love a new group of others. And on and on and on.

John & Jackie Glass

Life is about loving God and loving others, and being part of a Missional Community helps us to practically live this out each week. It’s that simple. Missional Communities give us a specific target as to WHO we feel God is calling us to uniquely love, based on needs, neighborhoods, and life callings. It is how our hands and feet respond to what our minds and hearts learn at church on Sunday.

Our Missional Community exists to Help the families of Seasons 4 neighborhood in Roselle Find & Follow Christ. In the past few months, we’ve spent more time connecting with neighbors in our driveways and at our association pool, as well as planning outdoor movie nights. We’ve been dependant on the Holy Spirit’s leading as to which neighbors need to tangibly feel the love of God, and then we get to work together, responding with our very own hands and feet.

Maybe it’s a conversation or a meal or a note. Doesn’t need to be anything big as long as it shows kindness to others. In fact, we’ve noticed that small acts of kindness actually pique people’s curiosity. A neighbor commented to us, “Why would a group of people put on a free outdoor movie night? What’s the catch?”

Here’s the catch: We are the light of the world, and when light begins to shine through cracks, people are curious to see where this light is coming from.

And we don’t have to do this alone. Being part of a Missional Community means we are serving our neighbors alongside our friends, who are like family. In our Missional Community of eight adults, we eat together, listen to what’s going on in each others’ lives, grow spiritually and look for opportunities for fun. All of our children are included as well because what better way for them to see how to love God and love others than to watch their parents up close. It is such a win for our children, who we believe are already living out the next generation of Missional Communities, as they ride the bus to school and compete on sports teams and play at the park in our neighborhood. Through our Missional Community, we have the opportunity for the families in our neighborhood to experience the love of Jesus, and we believe that this kind of radical love will change the course of many of our neighbors’ lives.

At the start of our Missional Community, we wondered how we would be able to handle adding in one more thing in our lives. We wanted friends and family time and a place to volunteer. What we found with a Missional Community is that it didn’t add one more thing to our lives. It actually helped simplify and focus our time. Missional Communities hit the target of loving like family, being on mission helping people find and follow Christ, and serving our way toward that end. Loving God and loving others in the everyday rhythms of life. It’s beautiful really. And, it’s also contagious, which is exactly the point. A group of people loving God and loving others, so that the “others” in turn begin to love God and love a new group of others. And on and on and on.

 
  Caroline Hutchison   When Reid and I first were presented with the idea of Missional Communities, I was both intrigued and a little intimidated by what they would look like and how to be a part of one. Going through the curriculum with our missional community core helped draw out questions of what day to day would look like in a Missional Community as well as   clarified what it looked like to be an everyday missionary     without exhausting yourself by taking on new things.    As we drew to a close on studying the Saturate book, Reid and I were asked to consider committing to a new rhythm of life that included moving away from our original Missional Community and people group to a new town and ministry opportunity (and we are currently in the middle of this transition!). Through the transition of deciding what it truly looks like to be a disciple and Christ follower, reading through Saturate and being part of a Missional Community helped bring the truths about God that I had let become commonplace   come alive again   and reinforced the mightiness of His power. I was reminded over and over again that we have an unfair advantage on our side in the form of the Holy Spirit and we   no longer have to be afraid to move forward in proclaiming the Gospel in our everyday life   because we had this superpower to move forward out of our fear. I had to admit I was fearful that I wouldn’t find connection in my community, scared that the rhythms I had weren't special enough and that I need to do something more to truly reach people for God. God kept reminding me that I didn’t need to fear what was ahead because he had already prepared the way and that I had an unfair advantage of the Holy Spirit in me. The Holy Spirit kept reminding me that there was more to life when I said Yes to the things God had for me instead of trying to guide my own life. That the life He was laying out before me was what He was going to use for His glory, and I didn't have to doubt it any longer.  In the unclarity, He continues to make one thing clear—though I could do this alone, I don’t have to nor would I ever have to. The normal things my life is made up of—the errands to the grocery store, my library and coffee shops, the meals at our table–these all have purpose, and they all are ways God delights to show His kindness, power, and story through my life. Helping people find and follow Christ can really be done together in normal, everyday life.

Caroline Hutchison

When Reid and I first were presented with the idea of Missional Communities, I was both intrigued and a little intimidated by what they would look like and how to be a part of one. Going through the curriculum with our missional community core helped draw out questions of what day to day would look like in a Missional Community as well as clarified what it looked like to be an everyday missionary without exhausting yourself by taking on new things.

As we drew to a close on studying the Saturate book, Reid and I were asked to consider committing to a new rhythm of life that included moving away from our original Missional Community and people group to a new town and ministry opportunity (and we are currently in the middle of this transition!). Through the transition of deciding what it truly looks like to be a disciple and Christ follower, reading through Saturate and being part of a Missional Community helped bring the truths about God that I had let become commonplace come alive again and reinforced the mightiness of His power. I was reminded over and over again that we have an unfair advantage on our side in the form of the Holy Spirit and we no longer have to be afraid to move forward in proclaiming the Gospel in our everyday life because we had this superpower to move forward out of our fear. I had to admit I was fearful that I wouldn’t find connection in my community, scared that the rhythms I had weren't special enough and that I need to do something more to truly reach people for God. God kept reminding me that I didn’t need to fear what was ahead because he had already prepared the way and that I had an unfair advantage of the Holy Spirit in me. The Holy Spirit kept reminding me that there was more to life when I said Yes to the things God had for me instead of trying to guide my own life. That the life He was laying out before me was what He was going to use for His glory, and I didn't have to doubt it any longer.

In the unclarity, He continues to make one thing clear—though I could do this alone, I don’t have to nor would I ever have to. The normal things my life is made up of—the errands to the grocery store, my library and coffee shops, the meals at our table–these all have purpose, and they all are ways God delights to show His kindness, power, and story through my life. Helping people find and follow Christ can really be done together in normal, everyday life.