Hello Brothers & Sisters,
The sun is shining today and it is warming up! I hope you’re able to get outside and enjoy the nice weather.
It’s hard to believe that we’re almost done with our Missio Dei series. This past Sunday we looked at Missional Living (5 of 6), where I began by talking about “missional communities” at Grantham Church. As a large church, I believe that our congregation ought to be made up of “communities” of people, on mission with God, who seek to make disciples by demonstrating the gospel tangibly through a common service and witness to a specific group of people. We can’t do everything, but we can harness our energy and focus our attention on a few things and do those things well.
And so I encouraged us to begin thinking of our “OUT” ministries in this way. For example, those who have a passion for Paxton ministries should think of themselves as part of our missional community to Paxton. Also, those who work with Friends Over Fences and care deeply about ex-offenders, as well as others in need who come through Jewel’s Closet, should think of themselves as part of that missional community.
In addition, I said we need to clarify other missional communities in our church and invite our congregation to serve through these avenues. What about those who have a heart for education, locally and globally? What about those who have a heart for multi-cultural ministry or ministry to women at risk? In a church our size, we should have about 5 or 6 missional communities. What is God saying to you about your participation in or creation of a missional community? Join me in praying for God’s direction as our church leadership seeks to clearly define what missional communities exist and which ones should be created moving into the future.
This Sunday we will conclude our Missio Dei series by looking at how the Holy Spirit empowered the early church to carry on the mission Jesus gave his disciples. We will then consider how the same Spirit wants to empower us to do greater things than we could ever ask for or imagine, if we’re hungry for more and are willing to cry out for more of the Kingdom in our church and our community. That’s how movements are born.
Finally, I’m happy to report that our church staff had a great time together at Christian Retreat Center on Sunday and Monday. God truly blessed the 24 hours we devoted to team-building. Our staff was asked ahead of time to read The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni. I highly recommend it to leaders and members of a team. We had a lot of fun and frutiful conversations about what it means to be humble, hungry, and smart. Thank you for your prayers and support of our church staff. It is clear to me that God is building an amazing team of people to grow us into the future, and I’m excited to say that we will soon be adding another member to the team.
Stay tuned and plugged in so you don’t miss out on the story that God is writing at Grantham Church. See you Sunday!
Grace & Peace,
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