This question comes from a desire to help build the right kind of church. To present the Gospel and the good news of Jesus to as many as possible but to do so relevantly and appropriately to those within the local community.
It also comes from a desire to engage everyone in the process of identifying and spotting cultural trends and needs. We all have a better understanding of what is actually happening in our own lives and in the lives of those closest to us.
When we recognise them together, we are more likely to act on them together. To become better at not just pointing the finger at what isn’t right, but to actively serve as part of the solution. We might know that Jesus is the answer but how do we bring that answer to the right people, at the right time, in the right way.
To best meet needs we need to know the needs. We cannot seek God for answers if we don’t see the problems. I realise some are obvious but I think that’s why I am asking a question that requires a more thought out response…
Question: What are the basic needs of the community and those within it, that will drive us to serve in new, innovative, creative and God-given ways?
Or put more simply: what do you think are the basic needs of people of the local community, or the region maybe, that the local church should be addressing?
I hope you will not just read this but leave a comment with some thoughts too. Thanks