- What We Do
I have discovered that in the ordinary, everyday moments, great acts of mission happen. A cup of coffee with a neighbor, a text or phone call with encouragement, or just being present have paved the way for conversations of faith.
Over the past few years, as I’ve worked with congregations in the Great Lakes region to help them develop a missional imagination to love their neighbors, I’ve had requests for resources that will help them speak the good news of the gospel. How do we share the gospel story? How do we tell people about Jesus Christ?
Recently Pastor Tim Keller said that post-Covid, every church will need to think like a church plant. If you’re in an established church, do you wonder what he meant by that statement? I asked two of the church planters in our Great Lakes region to share with us what it means to them.
Jon Huizenga, pastor at Rise Up Church in Cedar Springs, Michigan
When I think of Tim Keller's statement that post-Covid every church will need to think like a church plant, four things come to mind:
As we approach the one-year mark of when our lives were turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic, we could all name many things we’ve lost over the past year. Even in our congregational life, that list is long and worthy of lament.
There are many divisive issues that we would love to forget as 2020 fades into history. But there is one issue that made headlines this past year that should not be silenced in our churches and our communities: the pursuit of racial justice.
Without racial justice, we cannot have shalom, and unless we seek shalom, we will not be joining in God’s mission of proclaiming the good news in our neighborhoods and around the world.