What do you know about The Village Wrench?
But if that person is an elder at your church, and says this while teaching on a Sunday morning, you are more apt to listen to that wisdom.
And if that person has been a mentor for you for over 15 years, you definitely follow his advice.
If you haven’t read this book, or if it’s been a while, here are some excerpts that inspired and challenged me:
“We’ve already put our trust in Him for salvation, so why not do it as far as our life is concerned?” Ed McCully (in a letter to Jim Elliot)
Are you about to move to a new neighborhood, new school, or new job?
Or maybe you recently made a change? Or maybe you did a while ago, but you want to do better engaging those around you. Are you wondering how to earn the trust of your new community?
From our experience of moving (more than I ever thought I would), I have learned 5 simple (but difficult) steps to gain the trust of those in your new community.
The short list:
For a more complete explanation, check out my latest guest post on the Culturally Engaged blog, called Neighboring: 5 Steps to Earn Trust.
I trust that you’ll find this useful. But I probably missed some tips and principles.
Let us know in the comments (here or the CE blog): What have you learned about earning the trust of a new community?
I’ve been a part of Grace Church for 19 years now. No doubt, 99% of who I am is because of how people in this church have taught, mentored, lead, and served me.
I could say I owe Grace Church a lot, but the truth is that God deserves all credit and glory. Grace Church has been His tool that has shaped me.
But a very important tool. Grace Church . . .
As a whole, Grace Church has continued to support and partner with me (and with God’s ministry through me) for nearly two decades.
And it’s still going on.
Read more about Grace Church’s partnership with my new organization, Elevate Youth, on the Grace Pastors Blog.
Then, you can check out these links for more explanation and inspiration:
For the first time since 2010, we are not spending a summer in Allendale, SC.
For the first time since 2010, we are not meeting and fellowshipping with mission trip teams serving in Allendale.
For the first time since 2010, we are not leading summer camps in Allendale.
And we feel like we are missing out.
A team of students and leaders from Grace Church are leaving Allendale tomorrow, to return to Greenville. We are envious that they spent the last 5 days in our “home.”
I’d love for you to read more, on my guest post on the Culturally Engaged blog, titled Jealous for Allendale.
Matthew 28:19-20 is one of the most-used passages to justify foreign missions (and not always accurately so). Another similar passage is Acts 1:4-11.
In discussing this passage, Brian Dembowczyk points out that we (evangelicals in the USA) tend to have a proud, self-centered view of the gospel and of missions.
“And so when it comes to global missions – and local missions for that matter – we need to resist the pull toward missional pride and pursue missional humility instead.”
When we see disciple-making as primarily done in classrooms or events, we end up leading others to see following Jesus as a study or a program instead of an all-of-life kind of thing. . . .
When discipleship happens in the everyday stuff of life, disciples learn how to follow Jesus in the everyday stuff of life, as well.
Want to know what this looks like in real life? Be sure to read the full article, and then check out these other ones: