The early church described in Acts:
Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met. They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.
The pastor calls the fire station down the street. “Could I come by and introduce myself and meet your staff?” An enthusiastic “Yes!” She stops by the firehouse and gets a tour of the facility and meets the ten firefighters on duty that day. On the following Sunday two of them come to worship with their families. “You’re the first pastor who ever showed an interest in us.”
A 14-year-old girl says this about her life in the church: “Because we are a church who serves, I am called to serve myself and invite others to serve with me. So I’m helping to organize my friends at church to each create a service project and invite their friends from school to help them.”
He had always struggled with addiction – it wrecked his life. But his church kept coming looking for him. One week, the church noticed they’d not seen or heard from him for a few days. So they went looking. He wasn’t anywhere they expected to find him. But they kept looking until they found him under a tarp lean-to in a homeless encampment, half dead. They got him to rehab, walked with him through recovery and now he leads worship every week.
This workshop is about renewing the loving practices of the early church as the body of Christ. Churches build incarnational systems that keep the fire of that love alive among church members and alongside people in their community. This creates a community so embracing that it can’t be missed.
A pastor and a team of laity from the local church attend a one day workshop to learn the concepts and create an implementation plan for incarnational systems of loving practice.
The pastor and team are invited to join a coaching cluster for 6 months and up to 2 years with three to eight other churches to implement and integrate these practices into their daily lives and the life and culture of their church.