Our church is a rural/suburban church and we have really sensed God’s leading to be involved in regional outreach as part of a vision to be used by God to transform our region. It is an amazing privilege to try to navigate the complexity of life with those who are in need while attempting to be a blessing of redemption and reconciliation.
We started our journey with "The Externally Focused Church" and after engaging in this journey the last couple of years we are looking for ideas and expertise that will help us better be ambassadors of Jesus Christ. I was intrigued recently to read "Toronto the Good " and many of the related articles about church and city interaction from the Work Research Foundation. There are many great resources here and the positive tone of how the church can indeed make a difference is refreshing.
One of the things that the research has found is that churches have a harder time working together than they do with other faith groups or even city hall. While working together can pose challenges the benefits of blessing for the community are enormous and of course the expression of unity of Spirit and the love of Christ life changing.
If you are interested in these kinds of practical expressions of gospel ministry I would encourage you to read on. May God use the ideas to spark a divine initiative.