Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, MI is desiring to be a church living outside the walls. They are committing to three things right now, three ways to make a significant difference. So here are the three things they want to do:
1. “We believe that every kid in West Michigan should have food and shelter.” So they are identifying 20 kids to help, to try to figure out how to help. Because they are asking, “What would it be like to be known as the church who takes care of kids?”
2. “We believe the poor in Grand Rapids should be given a chance to earn a living.” So they are identifying 50 of the poorest families and sharing training, microfinance and lives with them to lift them above the poverty line. Because they are asking, “What would it be like to be known as a church that cares about the fundamental needs of the people around them.”
3. “We believe that the worldest poorest people deserve a chance to help themselves.” So they are partnering with a group in Burundi, East Africa, to help 4000 families to have a solid roof, to have all of their school-age kids in school, and to help with microfinance.
To listen to the description of this project, go here and click on the message for February 18, 2007 (This will be good for about a month more).
And as I sit amidst the books in our office at home and I think about the messy garage needing my cleaning and the other clutter in my brain, I am trying to think and understand this cluster of questions: What should I as a Christ-follower be known as? What should my service in church be moving toward? What could the churches in our city be known for? What should the commentaries on my shelf push me toward?
What Mars Hill is trying to understand is this: If Christ in us makes any difference that really matters, what does that look like?
A worthy question.
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