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Some of the folks who were very thankful to receive the heaters.

Heaters for the Homeless

Hopeville - Homeless Tent City

Many of you know of our ministry to the homeless at the tent city called Hopeville in downtown Saint Louis.  Two weeks ago there was a dire need for heaters as the weather has gotten into the teens at night.  So in lieu of our regular dinner that we provide every third Saturday of the month, we took an offering to purchase as many propane heaters as possible.  Our sister church, Community Covenant, also took an offering toward this effort.

We raised almost $700!

With that money, we were able to purchase six large heaters, four little heaters and a bunch of propane.  The people in the photo below are some of the folks who were very thankful to receive them.  Thanks to all of you who gave towards the purchase of heaters for those that we have been ministering to in Hopeville!  Be encouraged for how you applied James 2:

16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

I know some of you wanted to still give towards helping the homeless.  You still can–we will use any additional money to refill tanks.

Some of the folks who were very thankful to receive the heaters.

The Missional Church

From “If You Build It, They Will Come”…

The traditional strategy for church growth has been the Attractional Model.  This is where the church is made as attractive as possible with great worship, teaching, programs, children’s ministry and facilities.  The goal is to get people to come to church in order to be discipled or evangelized.  This model works well with those that have some church background or are spiritually open.  But what of the growing majority of people who would never step foot into a church building?

To “Church Without Walls”…

We at Outpour want to be one of the growing number of churches employing the Missional Model.  Although Jesus did visit the Synagogues, the majority of his ministry was with the masses and “sinners”.  In an increasingly secular and un-churched culture, we must be willing to be sent as missionaries to our neighborhoods, clubs, workplaces and families, taking church to smaller groups and individuals.  We want to communicate that the Holy Spirit has been poured out on us to fulfill this very purpose.

Obsession With Preaching

Cris PreachingJust yesterday, I had a lively debate with another pastor about preaching. He was excited about my vision to plant a church that empowers lay people to minister but balked when I told him that I have lay people preaching as much as I do on any given Sunday. His argument was that the pulpit is the primary place where a pastor asserts his vision and authority and to give that up is to forfeit leadership.

Although I acknowledge preaching can be a powerful and effective way to teach the masses, it did not seem to be Jesus’ primary way of teaching. In fact, there could be a good case made that Jesus was trying to find only the most interested by intentionally speaking obscurely with parables. Only those that came and asked for an explanation were given “the secret of the Kingdom of God.” (Mark 4:11) Many of these became disciples.

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