Are You Willing to Dwell Across the Bridge?
I am very excited that our church is embarking on a new path of Fresh Expression. Pastor Rachel De Laune will lead this new adventure for us in just a few more weeks at Coral Sunset Elementary school. This is an opportunity for us to reach out and spread the Glorious Word of God.
I was “surfing” the internet the other day and came across a blog by Dr. Travis Collins. Dr Collins is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL. I invite you to research Dr. Collins and his work. He is also a published author, including the book “From the Steeple to the Street.” The blog was titled: “Three Options to Reach the Unchurched”. I found this blog very clear and a great analogy to explain the idea of Fresh Expressions. The following is a my paraphrasing of his blog article.
Dr Collins stated, in regards to the “unchurched”, we the “churched” have 3 options to action.
The first would be to assume if folks want to go to church they will. We have signs, they can find us.
The second is to be polite and caring. Go to them, be kind, get to know them and they invite them back to our comfort zone. In essence, back to our side of the bridge. Some may follow us back, but many will not as we are “essentially cutting them off from their networks of relationships with people far from God.”
The third is the best option in my book. This would be to cross the bridge into their world and dwell with them. Serve, pray and find out what church looks like among these folks. “Subsequently, it moves to starting new forms (fresh expression) of church among the people there–churches that spring up naturally, contextually, within that setting and among those particular people.”
In closing I will leave you with at quote from Winnie the Pooh, via A.A. Milne,
“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come see you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
I hope to see you across the bridge as we light the candle on this new expression of Faith.
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