I was inspired by reading about a ministry called “Move In.” Would you intentionally move into a low-income apartment or neighbourhood? Would you make a point of living beside new immigrants and regularly have them over for supper? That’s what Christians are doing through “Move In.”
We have discovered that something amazing happens when a group of Christians intentionally moves into a neighbourhood to pray and be. In doing so, they have chosen to become part of the neighbourhood. Rather than visiting or serving and then going away, they will share in their neighbourhood’s joys and in its troubles; and they will have an opportunity to be right in there as salt and light – as the hands and feet of Christ – with a cup of cold water in one hand and the good news in the other.
It is time for Christians to move into neighbourhoods because they are not safe – to move into neighbourhoods that are messy and have high crime rates, high poverty rates, low standards of living, and a disproportionate representation of Christ.
“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.” Paul, Romans 15:20
Cool, eh? This is the kind of creative ministry that inspires me. It’s not a new expensive program, it’s just the simple (and hard) act of living in a different space. What if you and a few others from your church intentionally moved into a low-income neighbourhood or apartment and agreed to follow Jesus in that context, imagine the difference it could have? If this is the direction that the Church is going, then I’m excited about what God has in store! Check out this map of the seed “patches” where people have moved in already. To learn more, visit Move In.
A few of my colleagues have done this in Calgary, Bowness area exactly, here’s the site: http://www.thehouseofcommons.ca/