Churches in Tucker, Georgia are eager to practice joining God in the neighborhood. In March 2015 EIRO brought together over seventy people from fifteen churches to begin talking about how to do it. As a prerequisite to this conversation, we must assume that God is already at work in the communities where we live, work, and worship. As temples of the Holy Spirit, we certainly believe that God is present and active in our lives. However, Luke 10 reminds us that we don’t bring the kingdom with us into a community, but rather “the kingdom of God has [already] come near.”
Michael Binder, consultant with TMN and pastor of Mill City Church in Minneapolis, MN, led our group through some important teaching and shared a few experiments that he and his friends have used to help them discover God in unexpected places, including boarding a big purple bus in route to the local casino and borrowing yard tools from his neighbors.
Attendees were challenged to consider how God is currently involved in our neighbors’ lives, even those who don’t claim Jesus as Lord. We were then invited to craft own experiment to help them discover and join the work God is doing in their neighborhood.
EIRO is currently exploring the possibility of continuing the conversation with two 9-12 month missional learning communities: Lead Local (pastors/church leaders) and Live Local (lay leaders or parishioners). Please join us in prayer as we discern possible next steps.