Hindus, Homosexuals, and the Hard to Reach

Here were some of the key points for the Hindus, Homosexuals, and the Hard to Reach: Reaching Out to the People Christians “Love to Hate” (2nd audio clip from the bottom) breakout I was leading at Thrive in Sacramento:

Principle #1: Cause creates community.
Our cause = moving people to become the person God created them to be.

Principle #2: Meet the needs of those around us.
We need to seek to meet the physical, emotional, economic, and spiritual needs of those around us. We should be pursue helping change the environment and change the individual who is looking for change.

Principle #3:Reach out to Xenos
Hospitality means loving strangers. A similar word, “hospice,” means “a safe place.” Our homes, our businesses, and our churches should become safe places for strangers to experience kindness and love.

Principle #4: Develop authentic friendships with those you know.
OIKOS is the Greek word for household (family, neighbors, co-workers and friends)

Principle #5: Allow people to belong before they believe.
We should never allow our convictions to become a litmus test for friendship. In fact, we should actively pursue friendships with people – even people with whom we may disagree. Go to www.mosaic.org/faq for more on the staff process at Mosaic.

Principle #6: Raise up a team of leaders to replace you
MPAC = Ministry through a pastor, assimilator, and catalyst
We need to make decisions based on who is not yet here rather than who has been here the longest.

Principle #7: Start Over

**For the rest, you can listen to the conference call at my site’s audio messages at Catalyzing Community (2nd audio from the bottom) or send me an email at eric@mosaic.org with “Catalyzing Community” as the subject.

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  • Mick Butler

    Thank you for this.

  • brian miller

    great thoughts Eric! Off to take a listen to the audio now!

    brian miller’s last blog post..The Principle of the Path – Andy Stanley

  • Kevin Kim

    i like #4. It’s easy to be nice and cordial to coworkers and neghbors especially and feel like “i’m a good person.” i think moving to develop an authentic frienship is where God can work. thanks for this reminder.

    Kevin Kim’s last blog post..do you speak leader to followers?

  • Keith Walters

    Eric,
    I appreciate your post and I have published some of my thoughts about it on my blog and would love to hear your imput. Tanks again and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Keith Walters’s last blog post..My Thoughts on Catalyzing Community

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