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A micro-mission online explosion is good news

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I’m really pumped about the recent tide of church efforts to use the web to show the love of God to people who desperately need to know him.

I’ve been blown away by the current Servolution initiative of Healing Place Church, led by its service-driven pastor Dino Rizzo.

The 7-day service blowout has included such things as giving free lunches to business around Healing Place’s Swaziland campus, a trash cleanup near Healing Place’s Baton Rouge hub or the inspiration for a New York church planter to pass out quarters to people in a laundromat.

There’s nothing that cuts as much to the core of who Jesus is and who we are as the church as meeting needs and serving others.

But what makes the recent trend even more encouraging is that storytelling is baked in. Telling our story as a people of faith is a powerful and necessary part of revealing God’s work in the world, proclaiming our unique gospel of grace and shaping a positive identity for ordinary Christians who so often are just the butt of jokes or bear the brunt of the polarizing culture war over abortion and gays.

Servolution’s integration of mapping, media, liveblogging and twitter to involve people in the action as it happens and to share the stories of those who have experienced and seen the impact of this kind of ministry is truly impressive.

Before servolution, of course, we saw a similar mashup for the Christmas-time Gift Revolution from Flamingo Road Church. Other attempts include this February’s RevolutionaryLove two-week event from LifeChurch.tv and the anonymous The Love Revolution.

What we haven’t seen is the attempt to go beyond an event-based way of executing this idea on an ongoing basis. That’s where Simple Love Project comes in. Starting April 13, the web site will challenge believers to follow-through with weekly love missions, read about missions others have accomplished, network and share ideas.

I’ll be watching it closely to see whether devoted followers of Christ find this helpful in focusing their good works, whether their commitment to love others as they love themselves continues long after the novelty, the buzz and the publicity have died down, and, most importantly, whether a durable community of grace does indeed grow up around it.

Churches everywhere might be able to learn something from that, and the web church in particular. Check it out and sign up.

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Written by NickCharalambous

April 8, 2009 at 10:15 am

Posted in evangelism

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  1. Signed up and so excited about Simple Love Project. Can’t wait to share this with everyone I know.

    Chris Hill

    April 8, 2009 at 1:01 pm

  2. great thoughts in this post. i believe what you’re saying about micro-media and the role we need to allow it to play in how we tell the story of what God is doing. testifying today is so much farther-reaching than ever before. twestify!

    dan ohlerking

    April 9, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    • God bless what you are doing at Healing Place. All of us can learn from these experiments. It’s an exciting time to be fulfilling God’s command to tell the nations of his wonderful works.

      ipiphanist

      April 9, 2009 at 4:03 pm

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