Many of you have probably heard Albert Einstein's definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” In the church we tend to keep doing things a certain way just because we have always done them that way. Even when those “ways” do not contribute to the vitality and growth of our church.
As we transition into a social context that is increasingly postmodern and post-Christian, our tried and true “attractional” approaches fail us. We cannot expect people to readily walk into our buildings to hear the good news. We must learn to experiment with creative new approaches...and if they fail, to try something else.
Congregations need to learn to know their neighbors and what they need. Before folks in the neighborhood will hear the good news, they need to see the good deeds of the church. When unbelievers see the church consistently meeting the current social needs of the community, they will be receptive to the church’s witness to the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.
As I visit congregations across Lancaster Conference, I continue to be amazed by the energy and creativity with which congregations are pursing the mission of God. Congregations are reaching out to meet the spiritual and physical needs of their neighbors in bold, new ways.
This issue of Shalom News features just a sampling of the creative experimentation that is occurring in congregations all over the conference. As we live into 2020 Vision, we see new life!!
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L. Keith Weaver
LMC Shalom News Team
Joanne H. Dietzel
M. Laura Livengood Managing Editor
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