In the last blog, we looked at the launching point of our simplified strategy: finding those places where people already meet or creating a reason for people to come together.
If we have many meeting places but do not move to the next step, we have not accomplished our mission. Let’s move on to the other elements of the simplified strategy.
RELATIONSHIPS: Meeting people is never meant to be an end in itself. We will seek to build relationships with people we meet through the various programs, activities, and meeting points. Some relationships will grow deeper and open other opportunities. At times, these relationships may appear to be the end within themselves. Loving and caring for people is right, even if the person never accepts Christ.
MINISTERING: Through our relationships, we will discover the real and felt needs of people. Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, and in consultation with our team members, we will minister to the people to whom God has called us by meeting their needs. Our acts of kindness with humility and joy will be a shining and real example of God’s love and care for those lives we touch.
WITNESSING: We know that every relationship will not develop into a witnessing opportunity. However, we are convinced through deep relationships we can find a means to minister to the real needs of people. We want all witnessing to be completely Spirit led. Through ministering, we often earn the privilege of sharing our faith. Ministering without witnessing is a half accomplished task and vice versa.
DISCIPLING: The goal of witnessing is to see people come to Christ. Once a person has committed to following Him, we engage in an ongoing discipleship to ensure they are founded in the Word and their life is a reflection of Christ through daily obedience to the direction of the Holy Spirit. This part of the process
GATHERING: We believe a gathering of believers will emerge as they are properly discipled. The context in which the ‘gathering’ takes place will greatly determine the practical application of biblical truths. We do not see it is necessary to push believers into western patterns of worship and service. We will set up structures that will allow them to gather and express their faith in a contextualized manner without compromising biblical principles.
Part four in a series of five posts