Thursday, 17 April 2008
Please see these links and then consider below.
This church gets it. I do hold out hope for older mainline congregations. If we look at the problem and solution in the 1700s. The Anglican church looked very much like we look today and look what the early Methodist societies did for those people as a platform for the Holy Spirit. I do not see any reason the resurrection of a model similar to the societies would not work today. We have the tools; all we need is the courage. Consider the following:
1. If one family (seed) would be willing to sacrifice a little comfort and buy a duplex instead of a single family home
2. They let another family (graph) live in the other unit rent free while watching over them in love for two years
3. At the two year point family seed moves on to another duplex while graph starts paying the rent
4. The empty unit in each duplex is now filled with a family who will be watched over in love and the cycle continues.
5. At the ten year point the seed will have produced 32 graphs, been the church to 32×4=128 people
6. If the church would kick in at the beginning where the start could be a quad-plex then the 128 jumps to almost 500 lives
7. The small sacrifice (talent) sacrifice made by only one family has been increased one hundred fold, that is the stuff of biblical fairy tales
This is were I get chills. The heart of each of the 500 people has been shaped by the example of love; being fed when they were hungry, clothed when they were naked, and housed when they were homeless. They then have had the experience of doing the same for others. To these 500 Christians this behavior this behavior is not radical, but normal and expected as they have known no other.
Lord give us faith and courage. I love you.