This is to put out a call for people across Cincinnati who will begin addressing lostness in new ways:
1. Willing to throw parties.
2. Regularly invite people into your home.
3. Make the most of spontaneous encounters.
4. Become the life of your neighborhood or where your relationships are being forged. When life happens, you become the go-to people.
Those four things are what two guys named Hugh and Matt decided to do. They had jobs and families. But for a year, they worked hard at engaging people and made friends with fifty people. Fifty. When their neighbors noticed several cars outside Hugh’s home, he told them, “We like to have some time together where we intentionally talk about life and God.” When a neighbor asked, “Is that something that is open for us to come to?” They said, “Sure, whenever you want. We’ll let you know when we’re getting together next.” And that’s how a new church was birthed.
Now, that happened in Denver to two serious church planters named Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, recounted in their book: And, the Gathered and Scattered Church (Exponential Series, 2010). They continue to be bi-vocational – working and planting.
Pastors, in your church, who’s up for making friends and also telling them how to align their life story with the story of Jesus? And who is up for helping start new small groups of your friends and have their gatherings take on characteristics of a church?
Mark Snowden is the Director of Missional Leadership (DOM) for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association (CABA).