Relationships, Relationships, Relationships
Vibrant Faith, a leader in Faith Formation Education talks about four locations for ministry: church, home, community, and online. All four of these places provide numerous opportunities for fostering relationships. And you and I know that God usesrelationships to bring God’s love to the world. So, let’s consider these four locations as we launch another program year:
Church – Of course this is a no-brainer, but it seems that many churches consider this the only place that relationships can happen. When we plan gatherings that take place at church we need to ask: How do theconnections here lead to continued relationships “out there”the other 6 days of the week? Do we care more about getting people to sign up than we do about what’shappening in their lives?
Home – Vibrant Faith has shown us how the congregation is a partner with the home in forming faith. Not only do we believe it, but we know that when it happens, people are more likely to grow in their faith and faith becomes central to daily living.
Community – Much of our lives are lived out in the community, especially if you are a family involved in sports or the arts, which means you are running somewhere almost every night of the week. We often forget that God is present in those times and places as well. We need to look at these events within our faith instead of competition with our faith.
Online – Online is a way of life these days and we must see our presence online as a place for relationship. The world of the internet provides many opportunities for connection and fostering relationships. The internet givesus multiple opportunities to share what’s happening.
Not only is Sunday an opportunity for building relationships, but the other 6 days of the week provide multiple points of connection with people. If we focus all our energy and resources on one day a week, then we convey the message that the rest is not that important. Yet, it’s in the daily ebb and flow of real life that peopleneed to sense and experience the presence of God through all kinds of relationships.
May we be a church that follows God through relationships in all places and spaces.