Got the Time?

What does your schedule for the week look like? What does your schedule for the month look like? How much of it is full of sports practices? How much of it is full of work activities? Household repairs? Family reunions? Doctor appointments? Free time? What about all of your church activities? Church Sunday morning? Small groups? Leadership meetings?

…Oh wait! Don’t forget! Have you set aside time to actually reach out to your neighbour and make disciples? The last thing Jesus tells us before He leaves? Feeling stressed out yet?… I know I am just by writing this. 

Here’s some good news. You can combine the disciple making with all the stuff that is already on your calendar. You can still do the very thing Jesus commands us all to do without it being another “tacked on” activity. Truthfully, it was never meant to be a tacked on activity. Oftentimes we see outreach, evangelism, and disciple making as separate events. When really, Jesus models these things within everyday life moments. The best example where we see this is when Jesus meets the woman at the well in John 4. In that time the well was a common place in which many people would go and draw water from. It was the hub of the community. Jesus in a very common moment of life for this Samaritan woman shares the plan God has for the world. This wasn’t a time Jesus set aside just for outreach. Jesus models for us that every Christ follower has a responsibility to find the mission in the mundane.

Many times church goers define their time of sharing the gospel or ‘outreach’ in the context of a scheduled event. We need to get away from this paradigm and begin to shift to a new one. The new paradigm must be one that calls every Christ follower (not just pastors) to see every opportunity in every rhythm of life as a way to live on mission. Whether your are at work or at play Jesus calls us all to find moments ‘at the well’ to proclaim the good and life changing news of Jesus Christ.

If you are looking for some practical ways to do this in your ministries and in your own life check out this resource below. Summer is the best time to start practicing some of these!

http://www.vergenetwork.org/practical-ways-to-be-missional/

Have some examples of your own? Have some great stories of how you have found ways to find mission in the mundane? Share your thoughts and stories below! 

3 Reasons Why I love Springforth and Why You Should Too

SPRINGFORTH 2016 PROMO from Atlantic Baptist Churches (CABC) on Vimeo.

If you have been following any of our CABC Youth and Family social media you know that our biggest event of the year, Springforth, is happening this weekend… and I am jazzed. I’ve been part of the planning team for 8 years and every year it gets better. Here are 3 reasons why I love Springforth and why you should too.

1. It’s just fun.

Whoa Andrew! That doesn’t sound very spiritual! Cool your jets friend. Springforth at its core is to introduce youth to the love, grace and truth of Jesus Christ. But who said you can’t have fun while doing it? Deep meaningful relationships are key for youth to experience Christ and many times those relationships start around just having fun.

2. It’s a great “zoom out” button.

When I use my GPS I often use the “zoom out” button. I can get by with Siri giving me directions at the street level, but l enjoy seeing the entire route from point A to Point B because it gives me context. Springforth gives context. Many times we cant see and forget all that God is doing across Atlantic Canada. Springforth is a place where youth can see they are part of a larger narrative.

3. It has your neighbourhood in mind.

God is on a mission to bring all things under the rule and reign of Jesus, including your youth and the neighbourhoods they live in. Whether its through the amazing speakers, the powerful worship, the relationships that are built, or hearing hearing the gospel for the first time, we want Springforth to be a catalyst. Its a catalyst for youth and youth leaders to join God’s mission in changing Atlantic Canada one neighbourhood at a time.

I’m excited for Springforth but more excited to see our youth saturate Atlantic Canada with the gospel of Jesus Christ.