John & Jackie Glass
Life is about loving God and loving others, and being part of a Missional Community helps us to practically live this out each week. It’s that simple. Missional Communities give us a specific target as to WHO we feel God is calling us to uniquely love, based on needs, neighborhoods, and life callings. It is how our hands and feet respond to what our minds and hearts learn at church on Sunday.
Our Missional Community exists to Help the families of Seasons 4 neighborhood in Roselle Find & Follow Christ. In the past few months, we’ve spent more time connecting with neighbors in our driveways and at our association pool, as well as planning outdoor movie nights. We’ve been dependant on the Holy Spirit’s leading as to which neighbors need to tangibly feel the love of God, and then we get to work together, responding with our very own hands and feet.
Maybe it’s a conversation or a meal or a note. Doesn’t need to be anything big as long as it shows kindness to others. In fact, we’ve noticed that small acts of kindness actually pique people’s curiosity. A neighbor commented to us, “Why would a group of people put on a free outdoor movie night? What’s the catch?”
Here’s the catch: We are the light of the world, and when light begins to shine through cracks, people are curious to see where this light is coming from.
And we don’t have to do this alone. Being part of a Missional Community means we are serving our neighbors alongside our friends, who are like family. In our Missional Community of eight adults, we eat together, listen to what’s going on in each others’ lives, grow spiritually and look for opportunities for fun. All of our children are included as well because what better way for them to see how to love God and love others than to watch their parents up close. It is such a win for our children, who we believe are already living out the next generation of Missional Communities, as they ride the bus to school and compete on sports teams and play at the park in our neighborhood. Through our Missional Community, we have the opportunity for the families in our neighborhood to experience the love of Jesus, and we believe that this kind of radical love will change the course of many of our neighbors’ lives.
At the start of our Missional Community, we wondered how we would be able to handle adding in one more thing in our lives. We wanted friends and family time and a place to volunteer. What we found with a Missional Community is that it didn’t add one more thing to our lives. It actually helped simplify and focus our time. Missional Communities hit the target of loving like family, being on mission helping people find and follow Christ, and serving our way toward that end. Loving God and loving others in the everyday rhythms of life. It’s beautiful really. And, it’s also contagious, which is exactly the point. A group of people loving God and loving others, so that the “others” in turn begin to love God and love a new group of others. And on and on and on.