Collaboration Paradox

Collaboration Paradox

I recently attended a two-day conference on Collaboration and Community Transformation with some new friends from Second Stories.  I was surprised by a number of comments I heard on the topic of whether Christians ought to collaborate with people of other faith backgrounds in their attempts to pursue positive social transformation:

“If we’re talking about community transformation, every worldview should be at the table.”

“We must work with followers of Jesus and with leaders of good will.”

“Jesus got in trouble for inclusivity, not exclusivity.”

Calling vs. Choice - Does God want you to relocate?

Calling vs. Choice - Does God want you to relocate?

Personal preference or choice commonly seems to determine where we decide to live. God may call us to do ministry in another city or even another country, but to a specific neighborhood, would He really do that? Consider for a minute the gated communities missionaries often occupy or how Christians often talk when they are in the process choosing a neighborhood to buy a house in. Comfort and safety is probably high up on the list of priories. In some ways, choice, then, trumps calling!