Barnabas Missional Ministries
Purpose:Barnabas Missional Communities will provide material and spiritual support for the training, recruitment, networking and other nurture as needed for the leaders of many diverse communities across the central Florida region to launch a number of missional communities.
- New expressions of church are needed to mobilize dozens of new missional communities of faith throughout the central Florida I-4 corridor and beyond, in order to contextualize the gospel message in the multitudes of diverse sub-cultures throughout the area.
- These expressions will be the result of highly entrepreneurial and Spirit-led individuals reaching out to establish missional communities of faith to meet those needs.
- A profound need for social and spiritual support systems exists among at-risk teenage youth in the area, especially females, which are neglected by government support programs.
- Considerable leadership capital among professional men and women within the community could be better utilized to mobilize young leaders in the area to meet the needs of these at risk teenagers.
- Venues need to be developed to facilitate leadership among the Southeastern student, staff and faculty, as well as local church members to minister to these at-risk teenagers.
- The organization known as Barnabas Missional Communities (BMC) operates under the auspices of Barnabas Missions Unlimited, a non-profit corporation committed to equipping the body of Christ for missional outreach to help give the necessary administrative infrastructure and oversight to establish effective missional communities with longevity and fruitfulness in ministry.
- Individual BMC's would be supported and initially funded by the parent organization with the intent they would develop their own organizational dynamics and structure based on the 3-fold indigenous principles of self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating.
- These individual groups would likely begin more organically, based on a network of supporting relationships that would form to specifically help in the spawning of the following types of missional communities:
- Women in Leadership development groups for personal and spiritual growth through training and networking.
- Addiction, Divorce and Abuse Recovery Support Groups.
- Financial/Budgeting Advising & Training Groups.
- Tutoring Support Groups for those pursuing G.E.D. or High School diplomas or English as A Second Language proficiency.
- Job Training support groups.
- A group to arrange for and supervise Affordable Housing for those with this need.
- A Teen Center Coffeehouse Facility.
- Home Churches.
- New Believers, Seeker's and other kinds of Intentional Spiritual Discipleship groups.
To see what the proposed organization looks like in visual form click here to download a pdf file of the Barnabas Missional Communities Organizational Matrix.
Core Values of BMC:
- A Focus on the Lordship of Christ as expressed through his unconditional and sacrificial love toward the helpless and downtrodden.
- The Nurture of the Missional- Incarnational Impulse which is the dynamic this-worldly expression of the heart of God (Missio Dei).
- A Sensitivity and Submission to the Person and Presence of the Holy Spirit in decision-making.
- Cultivation of Multi-cultural Diversity as the concrete expression of the Church Celebrant around the throne of God.
- Decentralized Leadership Structures that embrace Collaborative Leadership Styles.
- A Safe Environment for Organizational Learning and Growth that includes ongoing and transparent evaluation of leadership.
Barnabas Missional Ministries partner directly with the Global Evangelism Outreach (G.E.O.) Project at Southeastern University. More about this outreach effort can be found by clicking on the name above or by going to www.drbriankelly.com