Here’s a recap of last week’s major highlights from the missional conversation:
- Create Missional Communities, Not Disciples — Well, truthfully, it was a slow blog week for me last week, but I did manage to crank out a pretty thought-provoking post that generated some great discussion in the comments. In you haven’t seen it, go check it out and join in!
- Mustard Seed Associates Breaking New Ground — I passed along an exciting opportunity to support some true pioneers of the missional church movement, Tom and Christine Sine of Mustard Seed Associates. Check it out and see what you can do to support their great work!
- Support Jamie Arpin-Ricci — Another missional practitioner worth supporting is Jamie Arpin-Ricci and his family in the West End of Winnipeg, Canada. They’ve recently lost 1/3 of their financial support, so they are trying to make up the difference by raising $12,000 online from supporters all over the world. Jamie wrote the book The Cost of Community, and his blog is a source of ongoing inspiration and challenge to live missionally in Canada and beyond. Please consider giving to support their work if you can!
- First Home Project — Jarrod McKenna is this amazing Australian activist and leader, and he and his wife Theresa just completed an online fundraising campaign to raise $600,000AU in order to build a housing project for homeless refugees. It’s an amazing story! Check out their update video:
- What I Said to the Sikh Community in Charlotte, North Carolina — As I mentioned in last week’s Missional Monday post, I spent some time participating in a few meetings with the local Sikh community here in Charlotte, NC, where I live. Here’s an article I wrote for The Huffington Post Religion section about my comments shared at a candlelight vigil last Wednesday night at the Sikh gurdwara in Charlotte. It was an incredible and humbling honor for me to be invited to speak to the entire Sikh community in this city. It impressed on me again how important it is to put down deep roots in a community, in a particular place, to be in it for the long haul and build relationships and friendships across these lines of division. These things take time, but they are so so so so worth it. Don’t wait, start now!
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