Engaging in Mission: Practical Ideas for Summertime

By Cailey Morgan

As Canada Day approaches each year, I get the urge to remind us all about the opportunities we have in warm-weather-months to take Jesus’ words about loving our neighbours literally and seriously. And as we do, we will find out what fun it actually is to engage in mission on a very small and relational level (I would venture even “mustard seed” small!)

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artofneighboring.com recommends starting small: get to know the names of your literal neighbors.

Although our shared ministry priority of “Engaging in Mission” can mean big things like multiplying churches, those big things only happen as a culmination of a whole bunch of these tiny things coming together.

So, whether you already spend your mornings on your front porch like Heartland Regional Minister Mark Doerksen does, or don’t tend to show your face in your neighbourhood other than through the window of your car, here are a few simple musings and practical ways we can engage in mission in our own homes or on our own streets.

And speaking of Brad, check out Lance Ford and Brad Brisco’s Next Door as it is in Heaven. Leave a comment on the blog or shoot me a note if you’re willing to write a short review of the book for this blog. The first person to respond will get a free copy of the book sent to you!

What else are you doing this summer to bring the Good News of the Kingdom of God to your contexts? What are you reading? Share your ideas and resources with us by commenting here or shooting me an email: cmorgan@cbwc.ca.

Summer Reading Ideas

by Cailey Morgan

Summer is here, which will give many of us a chance to unplug and recharge–yes, somehow those verbs are compatible–and hopefully that means reading!

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If you’re looking for some inspiration, her are several helpful book reviews our readers have put together for this blog.

Below are a few other books we’d suggest checking out over the summer. These books are still available through our review offer, where we’ll send you the book for free if you’ll send us a review when you finish it!

If you would like to participate in our review initiative, email me at cmorgan@cbwc.ca with the name of the book you would like to review, and your mailing address.

Enjoy!

PS: If you’re one of those folks who received a book from us, but it’s been sitting on the shelf half-read for a couple months, now is your chance to finish it up and send in your review!

Redeeming the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. You’ll wish that summer could always be here

Vicki and Patrick Hazelwood, Lethbridge

Vicki and Patrick Hazelwood, Lethbridge

Fifty years ago, Nat King Cole was #6 on the Billboard Charts with this epic summer classic. As we at CBWC Church Planting enter into summer 2013, we’ve just completed a move into our new Offices, following 3 renovation jobs to get here (the “Crazy” days began early). We’re looking forward to vacations and times to rest, refocus and enjoy a slightly slower pace (dare we say a bit “Lazy”). As we look out into summer we’re very mindful of our Church Plants and Church Planter families – praying for times of relaxation and recreation.

Towards this end, Cailey and I came up with our version of the “Epic Things to Do This Summer”. Everybody loves a Top 10 List. You know, “10 Best Places to Eat, “10 Favourite Characters in the Bible,” “10 Riskiest Things in Life.”

Well, we at the CBWC Church Planting Office want to share our 10 Ways to Maximize Your Summer!

10. SLEEP in, goof off, relax and hang out with lots of friends and family. (Tom’s idea)

9. VOLUNTEER in a community activity or program in your neighborhood.

8. INVEST 1 hour a week praying for CHURCH PLANTS in process in your region.

7. READ a book or articles about Church Planting and let us know your ideas. We’d love to incorporate into our blog: www.churchplantingatcbwc.wordpress.com

6. DO something really nice for that QUIET worker in your church who is sooo helpful.

5. WRITE a letter of encouraging card to a member of your church leadership. Send it by snail mail. It will be a great affirmation and joy to receive.

4. Host a BBQ for your neighbors across the street.

3. SUBSCRIBE to GO WEST! Church Planting enewsletter at cbwc.ca/church-planting and let us know how we can improve our delivery of stories and encouragement.

2. SCOUR grocery stores for green apple Creamsicles. It’s worth it. (Cailey’s idea)

1. CHOOSE thankfulness. Spend 30 seconds starting each day telling God what you’re thankful for.

We pray for God’s blessing of rest and renewal as you enter into your lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.

Tom Lavigne tlavigne@cbwc.ca