RCC team at work on a Service Project Sunday.
By Carl Stagner
“In the beginning was the Word, as the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1 NIV). Community was whole and pristine, at the beginning, in the Garden of Eden. But the thief, who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10), did exactly that. Community was ruptured between humanity and God, and between one another. Since the Fall, God has been working to restore that community, to bring people back to himself. Did you know he’s chosen to use you and me to accomplish the task? But we’ve lost our sense of community, downplayed the power of presence, and ignored the methods of Jesus. Our neighbors are crying out for hope all around us, we hear their voices, but we’d prefer to write a check to the nearest charity. We don’t want to get our hands dirty. In contrast, Roosevelt Community Church, a modest-size Church of God congregation in Bellingham, Washington, is taking back what hell has stolen and destroyed in their neighborhood. They’re boldly giving life where the enemy of our souls has snatched it away, simply by being in, for, and with their community. Continue reading
Posted in All Church of God, Give Life, Western
Tagged Bellingham, community, community toy store, homeless, homelessness, incarnational ministry, Inner city, inner-city ministry, kindness, Kurt Ingram, missional, neighborhood, neighborhood ministries, neighborly, neighbors, next-door, Northwest, outreach, PNA, poor, poverty, relationships, Roosevelt Community Church, service project, urban, WA, Washington, Washington state
Construction in the lobby.
By Carl Stagner
In May 2013, we shared the story of a Church of God congregation in Richland, Washington, that tripled its attendance in just four years. The church understood then, as it does now, that God gives growth to his church, but there are a number of things local fellowships can do to attract the interest of the community, while supporting numbers with intentional discipleship and follow-up. For some, the question nearly five years ago might have been, Could such growth—both numerical and spiritual—be sustained? Apparently so. We’ve followed up with Columbia Community Church—locally known as C3—and have discovered they recently encountered a big problem. Their current facility—particularly their lobby and restrooms—are too small for their weekend crowds. Continue reading
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Tagged C3, church growth, Columbia Community Church, construction, expansion, Mark Barker, next generation, Pacific Northwest, renovation, Richland, WA, Washington state, younger generation