The Christian ideal has not been tried and found lacking but found difficult and untried.
G. K. Chesterton
“The following ministries, traditional churches, organic groups, organizations and individuals share a similar passion with M28 to perpetuate a movement of disciple makers by doing life with people in the world who have lost their way. If you are looking to find likeminded followers, we commend highly participation with any of these groups.
“The social network of people can be divided into three communities. These are places where we have relationships, where we are known and belong. The seed of the Gospel is most easily planted in places where we are connected, loved and respected. Places where we have been salt and light."
First place communities are the people in the homes and families we live among. Following Deuteronomy 6:5-9, making disciples begins in our homes. “These commandments I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up…write them down on the doorframes of your houses and upon your gates.” First place communities could be an intact nuclear family, but also could include and involve extended family members, foster and adopted children as well as grandparents, aunts and uncles who may live under the same roof.
Second place communities are schools and workplaces. The truth is we spend most of our time in these spheres and realms. How can we do this? In many ways, from random acts of kindness to intentional acts of grace. Simply but purposefully allowing Christ’s life to shine in our speech, work, attitudes, behaviors and responsibilities.
Third place communities are informal meeting places where we do life with others and have a sense of belonging. It could be a hobby groups, coffee places, restaurants or pubs. It could be a place where you line dance or do the zumba or workout with others. It could be a neighborhood circle of friends, sport’s group, motorcycle or car club. It could be a bridge group, social network on the internet, reading group, or political committee. It could be anywhere with anyone where you habitually congregate, welcome new and old friends, and do life together.
The Missional Community
Golf League http://web3.golfsoftware.net/8033/
If interested in participating in a golf league with the purpose of doing life with those who are not yet discipled, call 610-4645.
What is Communitas?
Commitment to a common mission is what compels us to make disciples. It is not an easy thing to do. It is what some call communitas. Communitas is not community. It is not sitting around a campfire singing Kumbaya, my Lord. It is not extracting oneself from the world and cloistering in a commune. It is not even table fellowship or accountability groups at church to discuss marriage or family problems.
Communitas is about taking on a difficult, if not dangerous challenge or task with others and accomplishing something that transforms (you and others). In the process, it builds an esprit de corps or koinonia unlike anything else we experience. When we do so, we participate in God's plan in a way that allows us to partner with Christ in the dangerous mission of bringing a taste of grace to the world.
M28 is not only interested in inspiring disciple making but also Communitas—the kind that happens when people are in actual pursuit of a common vision of something that could be. It is inspired by the call of God to step out of the safety and comfort of what is known to something that is unknown, unfamiliar and uncomfortable. It shows itself in real expressions of faith outside the four walls of the church and reveals the heart of God.
What does this look like?
It can be something as difficult as going into the prisons to minister to men whose lives have been out of control and devastated by poor decisions; leaving your job and helping with Tsunami relief in Japan; leaving family and friends to join with others in solving the problem of human trafficking in Thessaloniki or the nearby urban city; or uncomfortable as when you leave your church to start another church because there is a lost, unreached people group you can’t overlook.
How can this be done?
And the Gathered and Scattered Church http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5AMKwj73kY
The Church 3.0 Missional
So far, M28 has inspired and participated in several Communitas efforts in the last several months. These are not programs but purposeful ministries and focused efforts. They are difficult challenges undertaken because of the call of God on lives. Some of these are fledgling efforts gaining momentum but calling for likeminded hearts to come and join.
Over the next couple years, the hope is that many believers will heed the call and come to offer up their lives to see that which is dark and difficult confronted with a taste of God’s marvelous grace. It will take courage. It will be difficult. It could change everything. It could be your next step in discipleship.
Prison ministry is a difficult challenge. The writer of Hebrews challenged believers to “Remember those in prison as if you were fellow prisoners,…” Jesus implied forcefully about the righteous that when we do things for the least of these (His brothers) i.e. visit in prison, “you have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:35-40.
Human Trafficking is a terrible problem around the world today, not just in other countries, but also here in the United States. Some estimate that there are 31 million human trafficking victims every single year. Every year 50,000 women and children are brought to the U.S. to work as slaves.
We are doing what we can to stop human trafficking, from educating ourselves and raising money for organizations that rescue the women, girls, and children to being on the look out for potential victims. One day, we hope to be personally involved with rescuing and protecting human trafficking victims.
If this is something you are concerned with too, or just want to begin educating yourself, we are building a ministry and network of support for those caught up in this. We will write posts about human trafficking and link to resources as part of an ongoing effort.
Building a Global Community is an organization devoted to assisting children, families, and their surrounding communities worldwide by providing for their spiritual, educational, and health care needs through holistic approaches. BGC was established in January or 2007 by Angela DeCraene and Jennifer Fleming, and was birthed out of seven years of humanitarian work around the globe. Thus far, the work has mainly been in South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho working among some of the most impoverished and diseased areas in the world. The organization caters to those who have been severely burdened by poverty, sickness and lack of education and opportunity. For more information, contact Jesse Arnold at 717-610-4645.
DayStar Center for Spiritual Recovery
This is a center for spiritual recovery where the mission is to empower persons to overcome the effects of substance abuse through spiritual resources, positive relationships, therapeutic counseling and practical aid. Discipling men who have hurts, habits and hang ups is a focused effort. Interested in coming alongside these men, email
or call 717-610-4645.
RASE House is Recovery Advocacy Service and Empowement Residential Program for Women
It offers transitional housing and accountability for women who are not yet ready to live on their own, but who are motivated to recovery and can thrive in an environment providing limited structure. There is a RASE home in Carlisle and another in Harrisburg. If you are a female interested in doing life with a woman (discipling) in recovery, please call m28 at 610-4645.
Bridge of Hope
A non-profit organization that ends and prevents homelessness for women and children with the help of trained mentors (disciples) within the body of Christ. The organization caters to homeless single parents and their children providing rental assistance toward permanent housing, financial sufficiency through employment, life changing friendships, and promoting physical , emotional social and spiritual wholeness. If you are a small group within a local church or just a group of people committed to supporting a single parent for 12-18 months, call m28 at 610-4645.