Thursday, August 24, 2006

How Can A Church Make Its Neighborhood A Better Place To Live?

How does that really happen? The question is imbedded with my goal for Anchor's impact on our immediate community. But can we do more? What? Our initial goal was to be a church for the neighborhood - we wanted to see lots of families walking to church every Sunday. That's happening, and it is always very cool to see. We wanted to serve kids and youth and their families, so we started LUYC. It was a great experience for all involved, and we learned alot, but it didn't necessarily lead to the change I envisioned.

What obligation does a church have to its neighorhood? What can a church offer that is unique and a genuine part of its calling? What can Anchor do about poverty in our neighborhood? How do we get involved in the economic, social, transportation, education, housing and cultural issues as a church? What does the Kingdom of God have to do with these? What does the Gospel mean in these contexts?

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