(September update is here.)
Is love worth it? That is one of the questions we tackled in Dialogue Café last month. As our group wrestled with the topic of love, we began to reflect on God’s cosmic perspective and our limited viewpoint. In a broken world full of different expectations, God’s selfless love for people brings fresh life.
We consider it a privilege to participate in the redemptive mission of God who loves people and transforms spiritual illusion and spiritual apathy into life. In October, we continued partnering with existing churches and meeting with individuals to share what God has put on our hearts. It was great to experience God’s love and see love in people’s actions.
Speaking of love, we experienced it in abundance at the annual meeting of Converge Great Lakes. We worshiped together in unity; we were challenged towards generosity; and we learned from other fellow church planters. It was so wonderful to share ideas, ask questions, and challenge one another in love. During this time, we formed new friendships and strengthened existing ones.
In October we also met with Dr. Perry (Executive Minister CGL), Pastor Scott Moore (my LEAD Team Coach), and Pastor Steve Bialy (my church planting coach) to discuss the next phase in the church planting process. We are grateful that God has put in our lives people who encourage and love us. As we move forward into the next phase of church planting, we will start forming the launch team (individuals who want to help us start the church), shape a common vision of ministry, and actively love the people in our community.
Please continue to pray for our in-home ministry groups, Dioko youth group, and Dialogue Café. In particular, pray that God would multiply these Christian communities to continue showing God’s love in our community. We are actively working on launching two additional Dialogue Café groups by January. God is working in the hearts of individuals and preparing them for the wonderful privilege of leading their own Dialogue Café. May they be filled to overflowing by God’s love and have boldness in ministry.
One way the students in Dioko showed love last month is through a food drive. The students talked with neighbors about the need in our community and people responded in kind to their love-actions. The group collected 116 items for the local food pantry and, aside from a little cold weather, everyone loved it.
Some of you may be wondering why all the love words are emphasized in this update – it is to introduce the name of our church:
Agape Community Church.
The word Agape (pronounced ah-GAH-pay) is a Greek word found in the Bible that means selfless love. Our hope is that the name would serve as a constant reminder to love God, and love our neighbors.