We meet people where they are, doing what they like to do. The times when people were specifically looking for a church or automatically coming to us are over. We must become missionaries in our own neighborhoods and build authentic relationships with people first in order to build trust with them, most likely before they will ever want to be part of a church community with us.
—Paul Nixon and Craig Gilbert, Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
—Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, help us to welcome new people into our faith communities. Guide us to people who are seeking you, and help us convey your love and acceptance as we develop authentic relationships with them. Amen.
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For many churches, the call to make disciples comes with a realization that the church’s current worship opportunities do not reach certain groups in their surrounding community. A practical guide for church planters in the 2020s, Launching a New Worship Community is now available in both English and Spanish.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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