Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
– Genesis 12:1-3
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
– Matthew 5:14-16
He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish.
– John 21:6
We think it’s time to cast our nets on the other side. Instead of trying to pull people into the church, the church needs to get into the community. It’s difficult to disciple folks you don’t respect. It’s difficult to love those you don’t know (and sometimes difficult to love those you do). So how do you get to know them? You get into the community. How do you get to love them? You spend time with them. How do you learn to respect them? You listen to them. As you read the following report, we hope you will see how these ideas characterize our ministry. Continue reading