For the last, for the least, for the lost
Williamsburg Christian Church asked a challenging question: ‘If the church were to shut its doors would the community notice?’
In their initial response to the challenge, they wore themselves out with endeavours and new programmes. Fred Liggin took up the role as pastor and began a new approach, beginning with listening practices among the elders and then the congregation. At the same time, they began walking with a homeless family who went on to flourish within their community.
Gaining a particular reputation, Williamsburg Christian Church began to attract people who through illness, poverty and disability were on the margins of society. The church grew and changed through this new life in its locally rooted missional communities and at its large gatherings.
Here is the 4 min story of Frank who was homeless and unemployed:
Fred, the pastor, delves deeper into the journey the church has been on in this article in The Journal of Mission Practice.
See also the blog on this site - If your church closed, would your community notice? about a church in Darlington.
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Geoff Knott, 01/05/2018