The Untaming

Learning to build missional community in secular France


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Missional Community Rhythms: Opening Up

This continues the short series of posts on how we have practically tried to organise our Missional Community diary.  It’s been quite a learning curve with a fair few mistakes along the way. This is what we are trying in year 4: why not start by checking out the introduction and what we learned in year 1, year 2 and year 3?

MC Rhythms Year 4

YEAR 4 – Opening up

In mid 2013, we re-planned again for the coming academic year (as families with kids our years revolve around the school calendar).  We planned to revert to three Monday nights and one Sunday afternoon per month: keep the “Sunday celebration” format we had pioneered the year before, reserve one Monday for prayer and for planning the Sunday celebration and then have a meal on one Monday and a Bible Study on the other. We are also encouraging people to be part Continue reading

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Missional Community Rhythms: The Power Of Focus

This continues the short series of posts on how we have practically tried to organise our Missional Community diary.  We’ve tried various ways to schedule the organised part of our life together, as well as encourage the organic and spontaneous shared life to emerge.  It’s been quite a learning curve with a fair few mistakes along the way. Why not read the introduction and see what we learned in year 1, and again in year 2?

MC Rhythms Year 3

YEAR 3 – The power of focus

By mid 2012, after two years of the MC, we re-planned our diaries again and made three changes.

Firstly, we introduced a once-a-month Sunday family gathering to act as a core act of worship for the MC with all the kids all together. Everybody focused on making this work and it was a success in many ways: we managed to make it lightweight and low maintenance, we enjoyed it, our kids enjoyed it. However, perhaps unsurprisingly, Continue reading


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Missional Community Rhythms: Back to basics

This continues the short series of posts on how we have practically tried to organise our Missional Community diary. As I have said, if you mention ‘rhythms’ or ‘schedule’ to people in our missional community they will probably roll their eyes.  We’ve tried a number of things and had several false starts.  Why not read the introduction and see what mistakes we made in year 1?

MC Rhythms Year 2

YEAR 2 – Back to Basics

As a result of our changing too much at once, by early 2011 we felt that we were spending too much time with crowds and not enough on maintaining community and discipleship, so we moved to meeting three Continue reading


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Missional Community Rhythms: The First Mistake

This continues the short series of posts on how we have practically tried to organise our Missional Community diary. As I have said, if you mention ‘rhythms’ or ‘schedule’ to people in our missional community they will probably roll their eyes.  We’ve tried a number of things and had several false starts.

MC Rhythms Year 1

How do you transition from home groups/small groups to a missional community approach? How do you move from a weekly Bible Study meeting to the sense of an extended family on mission together? Well, that was our challenge.  So here is the story of…

YEAR 1 – Making far too many changes at once

Before we morphed our home group into a missional community, we had a pretty classic structure.  We were meeting every Monday night for a meal, Bible Study and a bit of prayer.  Easy, simple.  Lots of UP, some IN… but not much OUT (see here if you don’t know what I’m on about with UP/IN/OUT).

In mid 2010 we decided to get going on the missional community journey and wanted to get a better balance of UP, IN and OUT activities. We moved to meeting every Continue reading


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Missional Community Rhythms: Ouch!

How do you find the right rhythm for your missional community?

Mention the word ‘rhythms’ or ‘schedule’ to people in our missional community and they will probably roll their eyes.  It’s not been an easy area for us – and I suspect I bear a lot of the responsibility of us oscillating trying to find the right routine (as you will see when I explain what we  have tried!)

Missional Community CalendarIt has been tricky balancing the Continue reading


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Three years into the missional community

It seems a long time ago since we decided to move from a home group to a missional community.   May 2010.  It is now September 2013, so we’ve been on this journey for three and a half years now.  I blogged about what we had learned after six months and again after just over a year, and then the blog petered out somewhat, with not much content since 2011.  Oops.

The reason for this was really a sense that we had no idea what we were doing – so why would anyone want to read about us?  In the language of the 3DM Lifeshape Square, I was probably in the “D2” phase of disillusionment and discouragement.  With a bit of distance now I see more of the journey we’ve been on, so hope to pick up the blog a bit now and bring you up to speed on the ups and downs we’ve experienced.

I hope these reflections of a ‘rank amateur’ will be useful to anyone actually trying to start, and lead a missional community.


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Learning to do everything Jesus did

I always did wonder what to really make of John 14:12 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

Well, last night our group went through the gospels and noted down the things we saw Jesus doing.  In about 5-10 minutes we had the following list:

  • Calling disciples
  • Remaining uncompromising in the face of resistance
  • Judging
  • Healing
  • Challenging accepted Continue reading