I sat at lunch with our Neighborhood Association President – I was floored at her request. The thoughts tumbled through my brain.
- We have cornered the market?
- Is she looking for skills, or for a relationship with God?
- What do I say?
What would you say? Better yet, do the Unbelievers in your neighborhood know that you build community?
What if God hasn’t just called you to build an organization, but to open the opportunities for community – to engage the disenfranchised and help them become part of something greater?
Would you be doing your job if they never accepted Jesus, but found a place of belonging within the neighborhood?
Would you be willing to dedicate a percentage of your time to engaging people in your community – even if your church didn’t grow?
I think that until we are able to give without expecting, we are in danger of building institutions and blocking God’s power from flowing through us to a world that is looking for engagement, meaning and acceptance.