Most of my personal experience in recent years has been in Attractional Churches (ya’ll come) – but ones with a Missional element (we go). Lately I have been in lots of dialogues with people from churches with more of a Missional Church focus. I was up in DC today talking with Andy Campbell, and old friend and Steve Byrum, pastor of Mosaic Church http://www.mosaichamptonroads.org/ in Norfolk. Andy is preparing for a ministry transition, and is exploring options for planting a cell/celebration model church. Both of these guys are very committed to missional models of doing church. They have a passion for truly unchurched people. Both are more comfortable in a coffee shop than in a sanctuary.
Appropriately, we were meeting at Ebenezer’s http://ebenezerscoffeehouse.com/, which is owned by National Community Church (I recently did a review/blog of Mark Batterson’s “Soul Print”, he’s the pastor of National.) I enjoyed listening to their stories. I enjoy making connections between people. And, I’m hoping for a new Missional Model church plant in the Peninsula Baptist Association.