Dear Kingfisher family,
After Sunday morning service Roger Perkins from Higher Ground Foundation posted on FaceBook a few paragraphs that express my experience as well as that of many others.
It occurred to me during our excellent church service this morning that the purpose of our services is to provide Inspiration and an Invitation to go deeper in the journey towards character growth and stewardship.
Therein lies the problem. Many to do not have the necessary religious structures in place to go into deeper levels of Insight, Integration of Identity, Involvement in the lives of others that emanates from Intimacy with God.
There’s more to this I’m processing but I began to see the role of the church better as it has been shaped by culture. As good as it is, it just doesn’t go far enough and most people lack the know-how to take themselves further than Inspiration and Invitation. We walk out feeling good about what we just experienced but the thing ends within minutes.
The music was outstanding. Our pastor’s message was powerful. As good as I’ve heard. But I need to put in place the additional structures I need to gain Identity from Intimacy with the Divine.
The good news is, the means to personal growth, becoming a devoted disciple, are not a mystery. I have been watching men’s lives being changed for years. They work at doing the spiritual disciplines that “renew the mind”. It’s not magic. It is slow and herky-jerky at times. But it works. It works anywhere without any professional leadership.
Like Roger Perkins and others, Kingfisher has the vision to equip and guide local churches and other expressions of the body of Christ to bridge the gap between a wonderful service on Sunday and real life out there during the rest of the week. We have a desire to see people being discipled towards personal transformation and making an impact on others around them as well as the community where they live.
Whether you focus as a mobiliser and Kingdom activist is towards evangelisation, missions, pastoral care or community development, real practical discipleship is where it starts. That changes lives and communities. As Roger says: “”It’s not magic. It is slow and herky-jerky at times. But it works. It works anywhere without any professional leadership.”
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