Easter Bunnies and thoughts about not separating Church and State

From the It Seemed Like A Good Idea At the Time Department: Sometimes people wonder where we come up with these wild Church Planting ideas, like the time we dreamed about what it would look like if our local municipal government (a Canadian invention) and our church plant were to partner together and help our community. We agreed to share facilities, equipment, resources and even hire a shared youth worker – and we even asked our denomination to invest in it as well – and they agreed (thank you CBWC).

We prayed, planned and put into action a shared series of sports camps, parades, special
cultural events and community outreaches open to and at no cost to the public, received
funding from the local government and our denomination, and everybody celebrated!!

There were the odd glitches but due to all of the excitement and good will everything went amazingly well – to God be the glory (with a few local politicians patting each other well deservedly on the back).

We were warned about differing agendas, strings being attached and hidden motives when it comes to Church and State partnerships. easter-eggs

Can churches and governments ever partner together? Locally, Provincially/State and Federally? Can we co-exist and even thrive in this ever-changing world? What has it looked like in your city? Community? What are some of the pitfalls or things for people to watch out for?

We had fun sneaking in the true story of Easter along with the Village Egg Hunt; we’d love to hear some of your stories (Good, Bad and Ugly).

In a day and age of community and relational breakdowns, addictions, abuse and
abandonment, crime and corruption, social injustice, refugees, human trafficking and
immigration issues, how can the Church and State relate? What do the new deals look like?

Here are some thoughts from Tyler Johnson and Jim Mullins entitled, “One Church’s Journey on Immigration.”

Shalom,

Tom Lavigne
tlavigne@cbwc.ca

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