Missional Spirituality: Holistic Spiritual Formation


Membership in the Christian community calls believers into active discipleship, which seeks growth and maturity (Col 1: 28-29). Growth as a disciple involves becoming a better person, becoming more Christ-like, and practicing Christian disciplines.

A Faith based primarily on intellectual knowledge is less valued than being a Christian in thought, word, and deed. Michael Riddell (Threshold of the Future) argues for this as a “missional spirituality:

” What is needed is the forging of a new and vibrant spirituality which is adequate to the call to mission. . . . [I]t will be a mission spirituality. . . . [I]t will need to be earthed, conversant with human suffering, attainable within the complexities of life, holistic, creative, communal and contextual.

In the past, mission was viewed as churches sending people to practice in distant places. In Europe Christians no longer inhabit a dominant Christian culture that sends missionaries to un-churched peoples.

Christians are now all missionaries who live in an unchurched/post-church culture. “Missional churches [and individuals] are focused on what God is doing in the world. Their circles face outward, not inward.”