And wanting to justify himself, the man said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’ [Luke 10:29]
And the answer is not what you think.
As the encounter unfolds, I don’t blame the guy for his question to Jesus. Nor his motivations.
The man probably really didn’t know his neighbors for a variety of reasons: cultural, economic, religious, fear of different or new, because it would take his time to learn who his neighbors ware, and, frankly because he may not always have liked what he already knew or suspected of his neighbor.
And, of course, am I any different?
Jesus did not have this encounter to promote what our district is doing on Sunday, September 16, from 3:00-5:30 pm at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Raleigh, but I think he would approve of our plans.
September 16 from 3:00-5: 30 pm we, along with the Office of New Faith Communities, are sponsoring a workshop to learn how to use Mission Insight, a demographic tool to help identify who each of our local church’s neighbors are and how to consider ways to reach them. The NC Conference has made this tool available for years as an aid to local churches and I have used it, very imperfectly. That’s because I’m neither a trained demographer and far less a data specialist trained to use analytical tools. BUT, with a little training folks from several of the churches, I have been blessed to serve and I gained a lot of practical ability to use these tools, already provided via apportionments, to help us build a base on which to grow.
PLAN to come or have some of your folks at this training which will be led by one of Mission Insight’s designers, a fellow with experience helping local church lay people and pastors answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?
Grace and peace,
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