|Jordan & Fuller at Koinania Farms|
Every study I know of confirms the common sense wisdom that men build relationship most comfortably and naturally when they are working side by side. (We women are grateful to work as your partners in this community!) What difference might it make if more churches took up crow bars and hammers as faith tools?
Of course real koinania (Christian fellowship) only begins working side by side. It grows as the community under construction opens itself up and out. Our renovation is a forward thinking exercise in discipleship. The relationships that are also under construction are being strengthened for the next, harder, and even more joyous work of creating a new generations of disciples, of all ages, for the transformation of the world.
We can count our new disciple growing spaces-1...2....3.
What can we count on as our goals for their purpose?
More professions of faith in Christ? What's our 2011/12 goal? The possibiities are practically endless.
More calls to ministry-I believe we can cultivate the call of 5 new Lay Speakers in the next year and at least 3 ministers in the next five years to serve local congregations as Licenced Local Pastors and Ordained Elders or Deacons. (BTW, when's the last time you sent encouragement to our person in process now, Tom Frey? Please pray for him as he moves to serve People's UMC in South Portland.)
More intentional growth of everyday, extraordinary, side by side gifts as we learn to recognize and encourgae the gifts the Spirit gives us.
Like those hammering in faith this summer!
The word of God came to Solomon saying, "About this Temple you are building—what's important is that you live the way I've set out for you and do what I tell you. -1 Kings 6:11
|prepping for the next supper?|