What is Missional Living?

Missional living is the active practice of living an intentional life that aims to bring the aroma of Jesus Christ into the places where we live, work, play and worship. If you spend any time at all around Christ Presbyterian Church, you’ll hear us talk a lot about “living missionally.” As followers of Christ, our mission is to follow Jesus in his mission of loving people, places and things to life. We do this in a few ways. But it begins with following Jesus into worship.

Following Jesus Into Worship

Listen to a message from Scott Sauls on following Jesus into worship.

Before Jesus sends us out, he calls us into his rest. Weekly, corporate Sunday worship invites us to sit at Jesus’ feet together as the Scriptures teach us. It is here that we encounter the grace, mercy and peace that make our burdens lighter. Time spent with Jesus first corporately, and also privately, centers us and prepares us to follow him into the world. At Christ Presbyterian we desire to first be with Jesus before we do anything else. We invite you to join us at Jesus’ feet on Sundays.

Worship is both the starting point and the goal of all missional living. At Christ Presbyterian, we’ve identified three specific ways to express our desire to follow Jesus into the world: public faith, the integration of faith and work, and mercy and justice.

Public Faith

Listen to a message from Scott Sauls on Public Faith.

As carriers of heaven’s DNA and the aroma of Jesus in his world, we want to carry his grace, truth, and beauty into all of the places where we live, work, and play. Our Public Faith is an expression of lives lived on a spectrum of opportunities from formal conversations to informal parties all of which seek to love and serve our neighbors as Christ has loved and served us. Public Forums are intentional conversations about things that matter to all people, whether they believe in Jesus or not. Forums happen in homes as well as large gatherings, and include people who believe as we do as well as people who don’t. Neighbor Love is the expression of Public Faith that thoughtfully and creatively responds to the needs of friends, colleagues, and neighbors we encounter daily. Lastly, raising a glass in celebration of life in the midst of its difficulties is what we call Parties. In all these expressions of Public Faith we aim to show the kind of love and hospitality that turns strangers into friends, and then friends into family.

Faith And Work

Listen to a message from Scott Sauls on Faith and Work.
Contact Missy Wallace about Faith and Work.
Whether at home or in the marketplace, whether for hire or voluntary, each human vocation is a gift from God to all of creation as we steward the resources we’ve been given. As Martin Luther once said, “The humblest sweeping maid, sweeping for the glory of God, is infused with as much dignity as the greatest preacher in the world.” Whether we serve as a chief executive, raise and nurture kids at home, or volunteer to serve the members of our local community, all work that makes a creative or restorative contribution is an extension of what God is doing in the world. Artists, medical professionals, entrepreneurs, engineers, social workers, janitors, educators, carpenters, ministers, and CEO’s—all have a part to play in Jesus’ ongoing mission to “make all things new.” Because most of us spend the bulk of our waking hours working, we aim to be thoughtful and strategic about how we view and approach our work. In our vocations, we carry out Jesus’ mission in the world when we integrate our faith with our work. Because the integration of faith and work is such a significant part of Christian discipleship, in 2015 we made a decision to launch the Nashville Institute for Faith and Work out of Christ Presbyterian.

Mercy And Justice

Listen to a message from Scott Sauls on Mercy and Justice.
Contact Cammy Bethea about Mercy and Justice.
Jesus gave special attention to the poor, the weak, the under-served, and the overlooked. Starting from our own spiritual poverty we recognize the added burden of material poverty. So, we dedicate our time, energy, and a sizable portion of our church’s financial resources to mercy and justice-related efforts that serve marginalized individuals and communities. We believe that "poor" and "marginalized" are broad terms that extend beyond a person's economic realities. Poverty is a multi-faceted condition that impacts every one of us, whether that's in a relational, emotional, spiritual, social, or economic sense. We follow Jesus in practicing mercy and justice by forming Missional Communities and partnerships with many of Nashville’s most effective mercy and justice organizations. These groups address spiritual poverty, emotional poverty, social/relational poverty, as well as vocational and economic poverty.

Get Connected

If you are exploring ways to engage the world missionally alongside others, we invite you to consider participating in one or more of our missional communities. Joining a missional community is also a great way to make new friends!

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For more information about missional living, listen to this sermon by Pastor Scott Sauls and read, 'What Do We Mean by Missional Living' (PDF).