What is our Mission? Neighborhood – 10-1-2017

Genesis 2:8-22

Our Vision: A True Neighborhood
Our Mission: To build a gospel community that is intentionally “spiritually diverse,” cross-cultural, and
neighborhood-centered for the good of our neighbors and the glory of Jesus Christ in Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan, Petworth, and beyond.

1) What do you think about the important the Bible puts on “place”? What are ways you live without attentiveness to where you are and who/what surrounds you?
2) What would it look like for you to learn to this neighborhood? How can you become a better servant and cultivator, rather than consumer, of the gifts of our neighborhood?

We become neighbors when we are willing to cross the road for one another. There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the road once in a while and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might indeed become neighbors.
Henri Nouwen

To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.
Simone Weil

Until we embrace our mutual brokenness, our work with low-income people is likely to do more harm than good. I sometimes unintentionally reduce poor people to objects that I use to fulfill my own need to accomplish something. I am not okay, and you are not okay. But Jesus can fix us both.
Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

In the Christian imagination, where you live gets equal billing with what you believe. Geography and theology are biblical bedfellows. Everything that the creator God does, and therefore everything that we do, since we are his creatures and can hardly do anything in any other way, is in place. All living is local—this land, this neighborhood, these trees and streets and house, this work, these shops and markets.
Eugene Peterson