What Does Your Community Need?
We're all influenced by what we do for a living. That creates the lens in which we view and interpret life and reality. We also take this lens with us everywhere we go. It colors what we see.
I'm a mountain biker and one passionate about community and economic development along with church planting. That lens is how I look through and see things when I enter into a new community like a small town. I see the potential everywhere for the opportunity to tap into the tourism industry tied to biking, what kind of bike-oriented business I'd launch, how to do so and expand on this to see more jobs created, and ultimately all of that as a vehicle or launching pad to start new churches.
I can't help but think and see things this way.
But you do so as well in your own way with your own lens. We all do.
In previous years it'd be easy for me to only see towns or communities through the lens of church planting alone. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But my academic interests have definitely challenged me to see beyond that. People need Jesus ... and a job. Towns need to hear the gospel ... and to have their economies revitalized and strengthened. It's not either/or but both/and.
So how do you view your community? What does it need? How then do you assess the needs, opportunities, and obstacles, and yet at the same time be true to who you are ... your gifts, passions, interests, and heart?