This paper presents a missional outreach strategy for the High Pointe Church of Christ, a suburban congregation in McKinney, Texas, where I serve as senior minister. Missional outreach draws upon the missio Dei and the missional church concept, and can be defined as evangelism with a missional thrust. This missional outreach strategy is based upon the life and mission of Jesus, resulting in a missional outreach strategy of seeking the lost, serving the community, and sharing the good news. This strategy has been implemented at High Pointe over a period of three years.
The seeking the lost strategy has utilized social networking and has been expressed through missional lifestyles, seeker small groups, missional small groups and communities, church planting, and online social networking. The serving the community strategy has been exhibited through members utilizing their spiritual gifts, blessing the unchurched in their daily lives, and serving in ministries which heal the physical, emotional, and spiritual brokenness in the community. The sharing the good news strategy has manifested through daily spiritual conversations, evangelistic Bible studies, and small group, online, worship, and communitas experiences.
This paper concludes that, using a missional scorecard and evaluation, this strategy is deemed to have largely been successful. For instance, over the last three years, nearly two hundred people have been baptized; more than twenty thousand people have been clothed and fed; hundreds of families have strengthened their marriages, reduced their debt, and recovered from addiction; and spiritual conversations and redemptive stories have been shared in daily life, online, and in small groups. While these are significant missional expressions, the need for missional church planting, however, still remains.
Theological Mentor: Kurt Fredrickson, PhD
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Nored, James, "A Missional Outreach Strategy for the High Pointe Church of Christ" (2011). Doctor of Ministry Projects. 55.