Other One Anothers
By now you’ve undoubtedly heard me write or talk about our one year goal at Good Shepherd: "Deeper Into Community, Further Out in Faith."
We want every member of our church community to be connected not only in a Sunday morning worship gathering, but in a mid-week Life Group in which we can know and be known. In sociologist Robert Putnam’s book Bowling Alone, he asserts that joining a group like this is - by far and away - the single most positive thing you can do for your health!
But it’s not just for us that we want to grow deeper into community, it’s for the sake of the world, a world in need of the love and restoration of Jesus Christ. Our goal is that the community we create would propel us further into that world and even more committed to sharing the message of reconciliation.
On Sunday, as we continue our series One Another, we welcome guest preacher Rev. Dr. Steve Miller, who was recently installed as Associate Pastor at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Santa Ana (the commission is pictured here). As we have done with other guest preachers through the year, welcoming Steve is another means of growing deeper into community - as a church.
We welcome Steve not only because he is an excellent preacher, but - in addition - because he serves at one of our Mission Affinity Group churches (including Trinity, Christ Pacific Huntington Beach, and St. Andrews Newport Beach). One of the core values of ECO is
Accountable Community: We believe guidance is a corporate spiritual experience. We want to connect leaders to one another in healthy relationships of accountability, synergy, and care.
This is true not only for individuals, but for churches, too!
In fact, next month, pastors and elders from all four churches in our MAG will meet for a day to live out many of the “one anothers” together: to greet, encourage, and care for one another in the journey that is Christian leadership in our rapidly changing culture. (learn more here)
Please be in prayer for that gathering, and for these “one another” churches we are connected with.