We are a small church (or, rather, two small churches) and still so much of our ministry involves having folks come together…to come “to gather.” The following is a reminder that we need to provide space to reach out to our neighbors:
For us, the most receptive groups to engage are found within our spheres of influence. These comprise our everyday spaces— neighborhood, workplace, and third places. For a local church, the most receptive population to engage is its collective sphere of relationships. In order to do this, however, the church must provide encouragement and opportunities for believers to build relationships with those in their sphere of influence. It becomes counter-productive to over-program, expecting believers to attend several services and meetings each week to the neglect of reaching out to others.