What’s In a Word?


Missional means different things to different people and organizations.  I have found the simplest expression in Jeff Iorg’s book Live Like a Missionary: Giving Your Life For What Matters Most (pgs. 16.17).

“A missional Christian understands God’s mission and shapes his or her life accordingly.  A missionary, in the traditional sense, is certainly a missional Christian.  But so is any believer who strategically shares the gospel (or does other kingdom advancing activities) in his or her circle of influence — even without moving across the country or around the world.”

“A believer who understands God’s mandate to share the gospel, and takes it seriously, will be “on-mission” as a natural expression of is or her Christian commitment.  A believer should, therefore, naturally be described as being missional or as an on-mission Christian.”