With this recent talk about churches and family integration I wanted to share with you this beautiful picture of Christian community. It’s something that we’ve seen and been blessed to be part of in the past. It is the vision of what we want to be part of once more:
Every Christian should read it because if we don’t know what we should be aiming for, we won’t hit it. Christians loving, knowing and caring for each other as family (’cause we are family). Making time for each other in their day to day lives, not just for an hour or so on Sunday morning and reaching out and impacting the communities where God has placed them. This is more beautiful and healing than you can imagine.
While we’re talking about this, you’ll want to watch this two minute video about elder qualifications. Because a church won’t outgrow it’s leadership, but a church will follow the examples that it’s leader set.
If you see a church where the leaders are actively involved in the lives of the members (not just a quick “how are you doing” visit on Sunday morning but really involved in investing their time into the lives of those in their congregation) and the lives of those in the surrounding community, leaders who are committed to sacrificially loving and serving (Mark 10:42-45) people, you will see a church that is heading toward being a ‘missional community’ and trust me, that is something of which you want to be a part.
Are you part of a missional community? Do you have a vision for creating one?