I think most pastors would admit that our churches can improve when it comes to reaching our community. Some of the most community-centered and creative ideas I see originate from the Acts 29 Network. Here in my home city of Omaha, NE the Acts 29 network planted a church East of 108th street, where Gospel-centered churches are quite rare (Core Community Church). Core ministers to the unfortunate, homeless and those wanting to learn English. They are doing tremendous work in the Eastern half of Omaha often neglected.
Recently I came across another impressive Acts 29 church: Oikos Fellowship in Washington. The church is producing an excellent monthly magazine for the lost of their city. As you will see the magazine is a creative way to gauge the local thoughts about Christianity and communicate the message culture needs (like Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God). The magazine also highlights local ministries. It appears all their writings, photos and graphics originated from their own people, too. You can download the August magazine here.
In a church culture often centered around programs for Christians, this ministry philosophy goes a long way, I think, in pressing the church from its comfortable weekly activities out and into the community.
Anyways, grace-centered props to Oikos Fellowship.
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Hey Tony…appreciate it very much. It’s been fun to see our people take hold of this project, run with it, and then watch it develop and mature. What’s particularly meaningful for me is knowing the stories of the people who are putting this together – I’ve have the great privilege and joy of seeing God’s handiwork in each one of their lives, the overflow of which is what you’re seeing on those pages.
Well, please pass on our thanks to them and their hard work. I’m certain it is inspiring other churches around the country!!