(Reblog) The hospice pastor with a church on life support

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Reblog from the Christian Century:

Original article by Carol Howard Merritt

[I] realized there was something missing in our church’s ministry, and the answer was so clear when I looked at Jesus’ ministry…

We’ve read the gospels so many times that we can forget how amazing it was for Jesus to be walking from town to town, village to village, ministering to people. While people went to the synagogue to read Scriptures and pray, Jesus took the message out into the dusty roads. In the streets there were few barriers to the Gentiles, women, “unclean,” or poor, so Jesus was able to touch the skin of the leper or heal the woman with the issue of blood, because he was outside of the walls for so much of his ministry. Going out was a liberating act…

[I]t’s important that we keep walking in the footsteps of Jesus, focusing our attention on people who won’t, can’t, or never imagined themselves in church. How do we do this?

Walk once a day…

Work outside the church one day a week…

Use outward-focused technology…

Assess the needs of your community…

Start a community garden…

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