As evangelists, the Manley family is seeking to make disciples of Jesus in their community through missionary work and church planting. Called to be bridge builders across racial and denominational lines, they enjoy the privilege of serving under the leadership of a prominent, historically Black Baptist church, in order to minister to and reach the lost of the diverse community in which they live. They are also endeavoring to church plant through developing Missional Communities out of their home.
Missional Communities (MCs) are groups of approximately 20-40 people dispersed among the neighborhoods and networks of a city, who are seeking to live intentionally as Christians in all the places they live, work, play, and learn. As a place of training, equipping, prayer, resourcing, and encouragement, an MC is a means of discipleship. Here a group of Christians commit to learn to live as extended family in Jesus as servant missionaries, sent as disciples on mission to make disciples on mission. In our changing culture, where people are increasingly wary of entering the "institutional building," MCs aim to become a new “front door” of the Church as the gathered people of God. While also working with Evangelize Today Ministries (https://www.evangelizetoday.info/), a ministry that equips the Christian to better listen to hear the voice of the unbeliever, the Manleys are called to help the Church reclaim a parish-minded view of ministry. This view calls the Christian to minister to both those inside and outside the "proverbial walls" of the Church.