A Template to LOVE YOUR CITY
You Need . . .
ªLinking Catalysts … trusted facilitators who serves by communicating and connecting by promoting God-at-work ministries
•Loving Congregations … (Love Your Neighbor congregations) that are filled with prayer-care-share lifestyle Christ followers. To transform a city, we must begin by loving and understanding it's people, even our neighbors - a Love Commitment.
•Lifestyle Christians … who are praying in faith, caring with hope, sharing the love of Christ.
•Leadership Core … of pastors and marketplace people (laity) discerning and coordinating macro / citywide strategies. Spiritual unity by strategic collaboration among leaders produces an impact - Leadership Connections.
•Learning Community … and are stewarding the collaborative movement as a learning community (unity + humility X diversity = ministry!) City movements, networks and congregations need new concepts and new content for the new cultural context: new tools, new coaching models discovered in a Learning Community
•Lifetime Commitment … this is not a weekend event (Festival), 40 Day emphasis (season of serving), or even a year-long theme...make prayer-care-share disciples who witness through a lifestyle commitment
•Long-term Coaching … outside expertise who helps you ask the right questions at the right time for the right reasons
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- Category: Cultural Commentary
- Published: Wednesday, 25 March 2015 04:00
- Written by Jim Denison
Each month I use a Cultural Commentary to profile a gospel movement in America. This month we're going to Chicago, where we meet LOVE2020. Their mission is both simple and profound: "Every person, young and old, in America should have the opportunity of being authentically loved by at least one committed follower of Jesus Christ by the year end of 2020. Every person should know God loves and cares deeply for him or her."
Nick Pitts, a member of the Denison Forum team, was privileged recently to interview a LOVE2020 leader, Phil Miglioratti. Born and raised in Chicago, Phil has seen the highs and the lows of his city. Transformed by an encounter with the Holy Spirit, he began hearing God's call to organize a group of pastors for community and prayer. As they met to pray for each other, their communities, and their city, the Spirit began drawing more people to join them.
Phil knew he was in desperate need of the grace only the gospel offers. Now he shares that hope with all he encounters, and encourages them to use their relationships as opportunities to love. Congregations, citywide collaborations, and national ministries and networks are joining their movement.
The LOVE2020 website equips believers with simple, biblical strategies that enable us to pray, care, and share more effectively. Their invitation is simple: "LOVE2020 is a call to followers of Jesus everywhere to be loving others by living a simple and powerful lifestyle of praying, caring and sharing the love of Jesus Christ with those around them in deed and word." In essence, LOVE2020 is "a vision to express love."
Author Jerry Bridges once noted, "Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace."
Do you agree? Who will encounter God's grace in you today?