‘Being missional isn’t a dramatic overhaul of your lifestyle’

July 27, 2020

This summer, families have a unique opportunity to be missional in their homes and neighborhoods. The “Acts 2:39 Missional Families” resource provides parents with tools to equip them to take disciple-making in and outside their homes to a new level.

This resource has been used by numerous churches in and outside of North Carolina. Collide Church, located in Yadkinville, N.C., recently completed the seven-week study. We had the opportunity to ask Kayla Matthews, kids director at Collide Church, a few questions about what she and her family experienced during the study.

What has changed in your home as a result of going through the “Acts 2:39 Missional Families” study?
After completing the “Acts 2:39 Missional Families” study, my family is much more aware of opportunities to engage with and love on our neighbors. As a result, our relationships with our neighbors are growing.

The purpose of the resource is to help families think more missionally inside and outside of their homes. Did the resource push you and your family out of any comfort zones?
We are naturally very quiet neighbors and would rarely initiate conversation out of a fear of being a bother or a nuisance. During the study, we were pushed out of our comfort zone. We even met some new neighbors for the first time and have been mowing portions of each other’s yard ever since.

Did you see other families in your small group grow?
Yes. We loved seeing other families benefit from Scripture memory and daily gospel conversation with their kids, especially young kids. This helped form new habits for some of our participants.

What was the biggest take-away for you and your family?
Our biggest take-away from the “Acts 2:39 Missional Families” study was to simply be more aware. We learned to be more aware of opportunities to minister to our own children and our neighbors. Being missional isn’t a dramatic overhaul of your lifestyle. It’s a series of baby steps, taking advantage of these opportunities and being intentional with your time.

Do you have a story you would like to share?
One night as my husband and my 3-year-old (daughter) were reading a devotion unrelated to the “Acts 2:39 Missional Families” study, she was able to make a connection from the content in her devotion to the memory verse she has practiced a few weeks prior. We were both so thrilled to see her put some of the pieces together to build a bigger picture and better understanding of how we should love the Lord.


by Faith at Home
  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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