I’ve been reading Timothy Keller’s, Center Church (Zondervan 2012) over the last few months. What a challenging and formative read! It’s like taking a seminary course on church planting! Today I encountered his “Six Marks of a Missional Church” (Keller, 274), which I thought you may find helpful. They are as follows:
- The church must confront society’s idols.
- The church must contextualize skillfully and communicate in the vernacular.
- The church must equip people in mission in every area of their lives.
- The church must be a counterculture for the common good.
- The church must itself be contextualized and should expect nonbelievers, inquirers, and seekers to be involved in most aspects of the church’s life and ministry.
- The church must practice unity.