An Outward Focus
God calls us, as his people, to be the light of the world. In a world that is often dark, we are to shine the light of God in a way that is visible to other people. Any ministry without an outward focus is dying.
What does an outward focus look like? It looks like opening our eyes to the world around us and allowing our hearts to break over what breaks the heart of God. It looks like wading into relationships and seeing the opportunities we have to serve others. It looks like experiencing the blessings of God’s Kingdom and inviting others to experience that as well.
A while back I was on a trip to the east coast to a church in Rhode Island and saw what looked to me like a great outreach idea. In the center of each pew, someone had placed a “worship bear.” During the service they announced that if you knew of someone who is...read more
Remember the last time you walked into a church or another large gathering and didn't know anyone? Maybe it was a school event and it seemed all the other parents already knew each other. It can be really hard to come into an already established community like a...read more
By guest blogger Insoo Kim, Vineyard Church Planter in Vancouver In the sea of different choices for outreach options, how do you determine which would be best for your church plant or congregation? I have come up with the following set of criteria to help us evaluate...read more
The Missional Church You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine...read more
I recently met with some Vineyard leaders at City Seminary in Harlem. It was a great time as we talked about how to reach the diverse mosaic of neighborhoods in all the boroughs of NYC… with a multitude of missional communities and neighborhood churches. During one of...read more
Today’s entry is by guest blogger, Dr. Parnell Lovelace. During my time in leadership of a local church of 3,500 people, we decided to create and implement tangible outreach objectives that would impact child welfare and health in our community. Disparities in health...read more
Today’s entry is by guest blogger, Dr. Parnell Lovelace. I will be the first to admit that I have never been very proficient in mathematics. As a youth, I gravitated towards the language arts and music. Now that I have two high school-age children living under my...read more
Today’s entry is by guest blogger, Dr. Parnell Lovelace. Recent events in Charleston, South Carolina, have awakened us to the fact that our culture, our nation, and our communities are in need of healing and understanding. I was moved to hear that the nine shooting...read more
Today's entry is by guest blogger Randy Lovejoy. His new website-- www.EnactedPrayers.com-- will be going live in August. “He is risen!” said Steve to another man who had just gotten out of one of the teepees which surrounded the common area. “Right” the man...read more
Today's blog entry is by guest blogger, Dr. Parnell Lovelace. Recently, I experienced some difficulty accessing information on my laptop. After attempting several times to use the password I had entered previously on the site, it became apparent that the only option...read more