Tim Keller, of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, as well as Ed Stetzer, Alan Hirsch, and several other Evangelical leaders have come together to draft what they are calling a “Missional Manifesto”. The entire document can be found at missionalmanifesto.net, and Dr. Ed Stezter of the Southern Baptist Convention has written an additional introduction over at his blog. Below you’ll find the closing remarks of the documents preamble:
Missional represents a significant shift in the way we understand the church. As the people of a missionary God, we are entrusted to participate in the world the same way He does—by committing to be His ambassadors. Missional is the perspective to see people as God does and to engage in the activity of reaching them. The church on mission is the church as God intended.
The term “missional” has become a buzz word used in many Christian circles. But it has been adopted by so many radically differing groups that it is almost impossible to easily interact with the topic. As Dr. Stetzer points out in his personal introduction to the document, “[while] there is no clear definition of the word” the goal was to “assemble a group of people to help us ‘frame’ a document that might speak into what we mean when we use the word.” Hopefully, this document will shed some light on the term, from an Evangelical, and partially Reformed, group of Christian leaders.