Here are 3 things for us to work on at Edinbrook:
- Step into the multi-cultural entities in our community. Sending people to other places is wonderful, but God has brought the world to us. Even though we have become much more culturally diverse as a church, we have primarily let people come to us. I believe God wants us to step into their world…similar to what Jesus did for us. Engaging our “Samaria” — those people we would just as soon overlook–is not an easy nor quick assignment. I would love to see a strategic planning team formed to begin praying and planning a way for us to be the presence of Jesus to the remotest parts of the world all around us.
- Become contagiously generous. So many Edinbrookers are extremely generous with their money, time, energies, and resources. In fact, this ministry would be nothing if it wasn’t for the generosity of so many through the years. I have been constantly amazed at the level of commitment and engagement by hundreds of people giving themselves for the sake of Christ at Edinbrook. Along with this stream of extreme generosity, however, is another segment of our church that “missing in action.” A segment of nearly 50% of our people are still missing the thrill of generosity — watching from the sidelines as spectators rather than key players in the thick of the action. I can hardly imagine what we could do if everyone was infected with generosity. We will soon be pulling a Generosity Team together to help us develop in this important area of church life and ministry. Just a reminder — let’s make up the $50,000 we’re behind by the end of October. You can give right now at our GIVING PAGE.
- Become radically selfless. This forgetting of self is, in so many ways, the essence of what it means to be like Jesus. We have come so far as a church, but still tend to lean towards a consumerist mentality. For so many years, Christians have church shopped, voiced their preferences, held to the idea that church is really for us, and felt fine about “checking out” if we’re not getting what we want. In reality, what ought to hold us together more than anything is a common passion to “make disciples of all nations.” We need to eat, drink, breath and live this Great Cause entrusted to us. The common curse of American Christianity, however, is to forget about “them” and orient things for “us.” As I’ve said, we’ve come so far, but still need to stand against the big green monster of self-infatuation when it comes to church life.