My brother Jedd recently told me about a conversation he had with a manager from Longhorn Steakhouse. During their discussion, the manager said, “If you want to be America’s favorite steakhouse, you need to be your city’s favorite steakhouse”.
When Jedd told me this story, I immediately thought of the church. If we want to influence our culture and change lives all over the country and the world, we start with our cities and communities. Does your church love and seek to serve the community around them? Does your church get involved in sharing Christ’s love in ordinary ways? Does your city love you and your church? Are you approachable? Do they appreciate what you do to make life better in the community? Do they see your commitment to serve simply because of your love for Christ? Is there something that happens at your church that your community cannot function without?
I thought this statement was intriguing and have been thinking of ways to enhance our city and community and to share the love of Jesus with them.
Director, Harvest Ministry Teams (www.harvestconferences.org)
Worship Design Pastor, Troy UMC (www.troyumc.org)