One of my goals as a senior pastor is for our pastoral staff to embody gospel-centered community so we serve as a model to the rest of our church.
How do we seek to do this? We laugh with one another, cry with one another, love one another, serve one another, exhort one another, and forbear with one another. We pray together, read the Bible together, and serve together. We share in one another’s pleasures and pains. And we try, by God’s grace, to “stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24). We work hard at becoming the kind of community we want our church to become.
Not surprisingly, our commitment to demonstrate God-centered community has spread throughout our church, and our church has increasingly become what we long for our surrounding area to become. As this continues to happen, our church models what human life and community can look like when fueled by the gospel.
~ fromUnfashionable: Making A Difference In The World By Being Different by Tullian Tchividjian, page 111.