What Does INTENSELY LOCAL Ministry look like?

Bono - People Helping PeopleToday’s Tweets on living Missionally in our Community

  1. Intensely local ministry means getting our hands dirty in the intensity of our neighbor’s lives, the sin, the crises, the joys and the sorrows.
  2. Intensely local ministry means we are not content to do ministry at arm’s length. We take the high-risk path of regular contact with neighbors.
  3. Intensely local ministry means we know not only our neighbor’s names but their hopes, their sorrows, their fears and their needs.
  4. Intensely local ministry means we do ministry with people with whom we have relationship rather than advertise ministry to people with whom we have no relationship.
  5. Intensely local ministry means we work at making real contact with real people in our neighborhoods rather than hope and pray for them only.
  6. Intensely local ministry means we care for our neighbors and their irritating habits rather than complain about them.

We’re excited about fleshing out this philosophy of ministry in our neighborhood and with friends of the blog around the world.


5 thoughts on “What Does INTENSELY LOCAL Ministry look like?

  1. i’d be really interested to participate if it weren’t so far away… but also really interested to see what it would really look like in different contexts…

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  2. I guess this is mind dump day. In my twenties, I had a mentor. We met for breakfast once a week. He was preparing to move to another part of the country. One of the last things he said to me was that I really needed to study Galatians. Over twenty years later I studied Galatians, I actually memorized it. My mentor was right on. The gospel was not formed in me and knowing Galatians was a wake up call and a big start in the right direction. So, my mentor’s personal ministry, combined with his own personal gospel formation was able to identify that Christ was not formed in me and give me a sense of direction that I did not immediately understand and pursue.

    P.S. Your comment from the pulpit on learning to preach the gospel to yourself was also immensely helpful.

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