I like things quickly. Whether an answer to a question, a meal, or some desperately needed consumer device. I’d really rather not wait. Patience is not a virtue I’ve practiced particularly successfully. There are a few people like me.
I grabbed a fast lunch in a West Vancouver restaurant yesterday with Al and Mike. The food arrived at an appropriate pace…for me (even if the person serving was a tad too perky). The three of us talked about the previous week’s conference, about the 25 million North American Christians who no longer attend “a church of their choice” and about the church in the developing world.
We spoke of the kind of Christian community we’d like to experience. A community focussed on the other – both locally and globally. Where the generosity of the group would be expressed in open hospitality. Where 80 – 90% of raised funds would not go to paying for buildings and employees. Where our responsibility would be to the powerless – both here and in the developing world.
We spoke of practical ideas like micro-finance. I wondered why it was a Muslim (Nobel prize-winning Muhammed Yunus) who had blazed the trail and not a Christian.
In this wonderfully generative conversation, I was struck by how I wanted these things now. Where would I find this group when I returned home? What number would I call? Which Toronto blogger could point me to that community? Where would I find Instant Missional?
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