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Recently, the church Jordan and I attend held a baptism service. Those getting baptized stood in front of the church body and proclaimed their belief and trust in Jesus. It was a very profound moment in their lives and in the lives of onlookers.
Christian or not, I think we can all learn a lot from this act of public proclamation. How often in life do we stand up and say, “This is what I believe in. This is what I stand for.” My guess is that most of you, like me, don’t do this very often if ever. Sometimes we’re concerned that we’ll step on someone’s toes or be rejected for saying what we really believe.
That fact remains though, healthy community is missional and mission requires leaders to stand up and say this is what I believe in and this is what my community works toward.
Yes, some people might not agree with what you believe. They might even leave your community but community must have mission otherwise it’s just a group of people wandering.
Don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying we need to get political or purposely ostracize people around us. I’m actually saying quite the opposite. Be forthright with others and tell them what you believe. Put your cards on the table. Be open. Be honest.
In the coming weeks and months we hope to spell this out with each post. We want to outline the pilliars of community and continue the conversation as to what it means to cultivate healthy, flourishing community.