RELATIONSHIPS
“Brick and mortar come after relationships are founded”
“It is not programs, it is relationships”
CANADA HAS CHANGED
As Canada celebrates 150 years of being a nation, we recognize that Canada has changed, and continues to change. Historians tell us that in the years after World War I well over 70% of Canada was in church on any given Sunday. Over the past 100 years the number has plummeted to estimates in the 3 – 4% range.
The local church, once considered central to community life, has been moved to the far margins. It is increasingly difficult to share the message of Jesus Christ as fewer people are willing to come to a church building for events or programs.
WHAT WE BELIEVE HAS NOT CHANGED
We believe the message of the Kingdom of God connects us to God.
We believe it is the message of Jesus Christ that changes lives for eternity.
We believe the message of God’s grace, love and mercy brings spiritual life and light to families and individuals in a spiritually darkened world.
THE IMPORTANCE OF RELATIONSHIPS
The question South Calgary Community Church faces is how to share the unchanging message of eternal hope to the people and communities around us.
What was clearly heard (and which I believe is accurate) at the “church conversation” on Monday May 8 was the incredible importance of relationship.
 Tree showing relationships
TWO BRANCHES
Using the image of a tree to describe the local church’s task of telling people about Christ, it could be said there are two primary branches. One can be labeled “INDIVIDUALS”; the other labeled “COMMUNITY.”
The branch labeled “individuals” describes everyday relationships with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. The branch labeled “community” describes relationships we develop through various church ministries and programs.
THE FIRST BRANCH
Within the first branch, the need is to be encouraged and equipped so we can engage people in meaningful spiritual conversations. The desire is that we become more effective in demonstrating and proclaiming the hope and love of Christ (we will talk more about this later).
THE SECOND BRANCH
There is a dual task within the second branch. The first task is to strengthen genuine relationships with those we already know through our existing programs. The second, is to strategize the linking of our existing programs (Preschool, Freshly Brewed, Senior’s Lunches, Kids in Praise, etc.) so that more relationships can develop.
THE NEXT STEP
At our semi-annual meeting on Monday June 12, let’s plan to discuss and focus on ideas about becoming more intentional in developing genuine relationships within our existing ministries. Our desire is to be ready for the fall kick off.
Thank you to each one who was part of the first conversation last week. We encourage everyone to share in this ongoing conversation.