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A CHURCH PLANT'S SPECIAL MISSION

A CHURCH PLANT'S SPECIAL MISSION

Christians often perceive that a true missionary calling must be to the other side of the world. For some, this is a reality. For others, their own backyard is their mission field.  Situated 30 miles north of Seattle, Washington, Whidbey Island isn’t exactly top of the list for church planters. Yet for Matthew and Stephanie Erikson, this small town is precisely where they were called to be.

FAMILY ON MISSION: THE FEEL OF RHYTHM

FAMILY ON MISSION: THE FEEL OF RHYTHM

Last week we explored the first article in our "Family On Mission" series where we learned about establishing "rhythms" in our family life in our process of "Looking In."  Today we continue this with a follow up article that explores this dynamic a bit more from the Mother/Wife's perspective. 

FAMILY ON MISSION: WOULD IT HELP IF THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE OF YOU?

FAMILY ON MISSION: WOULD IT HELP IF THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE OF YOU?

Over the next few posts we will be looking specifically at Families and their role within gospel increase.  This is an important aspect of Look In because it requires an introspective review of what God has already placed right in front of you to help guide, nourish, and cherish.  As a Father or a Mother, your role and how you understand its position is actually vital to making disciples.

INVENT A MINISTRY

INVENT A MINISTRY

The Smiths  spend most of the rest of their time trying to catch up with “life maintenance”—housework, shopping, paying bills, yard work, running errands, and all the rest. They almost always feel behind or overwhelmed.  They genuinely want to serve the Lord in and through His church. They have a good sense of the biblical priorities in life, but they struggle with what often seems too many priorities.

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, OUR MISSION

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, OUR MISSION

When the Selfs moved to a new neighborhood, they knew God was calling them to share the love of Jesus with their neighbors. Eight years later, it is evident that hearts are being transformed by the Gospel.  Watch the video and see how the Selfs made their neighborhood their mission.

3 WAYS YOUR KIDS CAN HELP YOU LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS

3 WAYS YOUR KIDS CAN HELP YOU LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS

Jesus tells us in the story of the good Samaritan that our neighbor is anyone in need, no matter the circumstances and that we are to show love.  The good news for parents is that you have a huge advantage in getting to know and love your neighbors – your children!

ARE CHILDREN A BARRIER OR BLESSING FOR MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES?

ARE CHILDREN A BARRIER OR BLESSING FOR MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES?

As opposed to viewing children as a barrier, let’s view them as a blessing.  Yes, it’s chaotic. Yes, it can drive us crazy. But, despite that, let’s model graciousness in our families and groups towards our children. After all, what must God think of our messy lives? The Father looks down and extends grace, rather than becoming irritated with us.

A Missional Family

A Missional Family

Increasing our Gospel Footprint is sometimes neglected in our closest contexts, namely, our own families.  We can forget that we not only have the responsibility to our loved ones, but also that a family can have a purpose and a mission to bring light to the community and to future generations.  Our definition of family matters immensely because it shapes the way that we minister to and with our spouse and children.