What would our churches look like if we began to think of ourselves as existing, not simply in our respective communities, but for our communities? The article posted here talks about asset based community engagement and development and the importance of using the gifts, tools, and resources our churches already posses to transform, not only our congregations, but the communities around us.
The question we have been wrestling with at St. Peter's is this: if we were to move or close our doors tomorrow, would the community/neighborhood/city miss us? This rhetorical question is designed to stimulate our thinking about our role in the community and our ability to meet the needs of the people around us.
We have a divine mandate to love our neighbor as ourselves. Love, like faith, without works is dead. At St. Peter's we are striving to become a church that loves God and seeks radical ways to love God's people.