As you think or dream about launching a new worship community for new people, you have to ask yourself: How is this part of God’s vision? How can this new thing better serve the mission of God in bringing more people to God’s love? How can I get myself and my team ready to launch it? Spending time in prayer will certainly help you answer some of these questions.
—Paul Nixon and Craig Gilbert, Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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[Jesus said,] “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
—Matthew 7:7 (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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