Where Do We Start? Inside or Outside the Church?
Been reading The Multiplying Church by Bob Roberts. I was slightly surprised to realize recently that I’ve never really read a church planting book and a friend recommend I start here. I’m finding it a good primer on the topic. A quote that was very compelling to me,
“Where do you start in your dreaming – the church or the world outside the chruch? That determines everything. It determines how you organize, where you engage, and how you prioritize. The reality is that we’ve been starting with the “church” stuff and have done very little to engage the community and soceity as we always say we plan to do.”
This is good stuff. Makes me wonder. As we talk about starting new ministries. What if we talked about starting ministries to the “world” as we talked about ministries to “those inside the church.” Why do we only invite Christians to join us for our weekly service to the homeless? What about forming a service project / ministry that is primarily made up of people who aren’t Christians? This isn’t about tricking non-Christians to serve and believe in Jesus. This is about inviting them to serve their fellow human beings and in the process teaching them (and us!) that the reason we do it is because of Jesus.
Just thinking….thoughts from the peanut gallery?