Churches, Cultures & Leadership


Carson Video: Friendships

Pastor Carson’s church is currently doing the work of building intercultural friendships, even with the challenges of a bi-lingual context. To do this, he stresses the importance of hospitality, time spent together, and the practice of sharing meals.  → On pp. 75 and 218 Branson highlights that missional activity includes being relationally engaged with the neighborhood. It is not enough to know of people. Instead we must pursue genuine connectedness through hospitality, time spent together, and the practice of sharing meals. On p. 72, he provides instructions for a lecto divina exercise centered on Luke 10:1-11 and relational engagement. Do this lectio divina and discuss how God might be calling you/your community to be more genuinely connected. (This is the third video from the interview with Pastor Carson.)

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