Our neighborhoods are changing and the people living around us may no longer look just like we do. Is your heart ready and your mind equipped to live out Jesus' commandment to "love your neighbor as yourself?"
Recently, I read a story of friendship between a Christian and a Muslim that began at a bus stop. A few years after they’d met and their friendship had deepened, the Muslim man told his Christian friend that while he was on that bus ride, he had prayed, “God, help me to find a friendly American today.” He added, “God answered that prayer when I met you.” His Christian friend had tears in his eyes upon hearing that intimate detail.
When I hear this story, I think of the second greatest commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus used the story of the Good Samaritan to illustrate exactly who that “neighbor” could be. As you probably know, there was no love between the Jews and Samaritans, so the story probably held some shock value to its hearers.
I don’t know about you, but my literal neighbors look and act a lot like me. Yet that’s changing. As people move throughout the world, my neighbors will continue to look increasingly diverse, in race, religion, or both.
Are you ready to reimagine evangelism and discipleship in a world changed by COVID-19? Do you feel the need to reignite your congregation’s passion for mission? This conference will be a place for learning, networking, and hearing stories of what others are doing to live into God's mission and imagine innovative ways to engage and embrace our local communities that are becoming increasingly diverse and global.
Resonate’s Journeys into Friendship Network invites you to walk with others learning how to better befriend our neighbors from different backgrounds.
Join us for monthly meetings that help us be better prepared for outreach to Muslims and other diaspora communities in North America.
On April 13, 2021 at 10:30-12 p.m. EST, Fred Wilgenburg from New Roots Ministry in Sioux Falls, SD will be leading and he has invited three friends with diverse experience in welcoming new Americans to join us and participate in a panel discussion.
June Consultation in Palos Heights/Online
You can also attend our June 21-23 Journeys into Friendship Consultation, a hybrid gathering online and/or in person at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL.
Meet up with other pastors and leaders in the Central US region to have conversations about fresh ways to engage gospel witness in communities and neighborhoods.
April 28, 12-1 p.m. CST - Place, Proximity, Power: Jeff Heerspink (Lincoln, NE), Kurt Rietema (Kansas City, KN) and Ruth Kelder (Go Local) have stories to share about neighborhood presence that transforms.
May 5 - Merger Matters: Albert Chu, leader of Tapestry near Vancouver, B.C, has a remarkable story to tell of adopting a church and leading it into a new future.
May 12 - Church Planting Reimagined: Peter Kelder, Regional Mission Leader from Resonate, and Mike Moore, Resonate Local Mission Leader, will share different pictures of how churches are being planted so that you can imagine how your church or classis might become part of the church planting movement..