This blog entry is by guest blogger Steve Ogne, church planter coach and consultant with CRM. Steve and I worked together for a decade and collaborated on several projects together, including The Church Planter’s Toolkit. Steve’s most recent publication is TransforMissional Coaching: Empowering Leaders in a Changing Ministry World.

The three ways to focus missional activity are neighborhood, need and network.

  • Missional activity focused on a specific neighborhood is focused on the people and needs of a specific geography
  • Missional activity focused on a specific need such as homelessness, hunger, teen pregnancy, literacy, etc.
  • Missional activity focused on a network is seeking to meet needs and make relationships among a specific people group such as hipsters, artists, musicians, nurses, school teachers, or engineers.

All three approaches require meeting needs, making relationships and introducing the gospel.