Missio Alliance has its most direct origins in the Ecclesia Network – a network of church-planting leaders that has been around for the last 6-7 years. This network has been an enormous help to me and many others who have felt a need for their church community to be part of something larger – a family that would be a source of inspiration, encouragement, and sharpening. Ecclesia has, and continues to be, a great place for those who are thinking about and seeking to embody issues of church planting from a missional perspective (think Newbigin, Bosch, Guder) and taking the realities of Post-Christendom seriously.
The people of the Ecclesia network are incredibly theologically minded; not heady, just intentionally reflective. And, while the training, gatherings, coaching, assessment, and other aspects of Ecclesia’s work have been helpful for many of our churches and leaders with reference to issues of church planting, there has been a growing sense and call for a broader kind of “space” where we could come together to dialogue and workout larger theological and cultural issues for the sake of mission. And then, as we began talking and listening to people outside of the network, we realized we weren’t alone; there was a pretty broad and even passionate call for such an initiative amongst disperate communities, networks, and tribes.
Here’s a brief video of Dave Fitch talking about “Why Missio Alliance?” And if you want to know even more, check out this About Page as it talks about some of our core convictions, distinguishing features, outlines the doctrinal and cultural issues that are framing our work, and explains our current leadership structure.
(HT: JR Rozko)