Recently I challenged the staff of Richmond’s First Baptist Church to help me take our mission to the next level. For a year the whole church was working to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia (KOH2RVA). By the end of the year it was obvious that the job was too big for any one church to do alone, so we began a year of mission called KOHx2 (Kingdom of Heaven Times Two), with an emphasis on partnership. In the same way that Jesus sent his disciples out two by two to do the work of the Kingdom, it made sense to us to work with other individuals, churches, agencies, and organizations to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond and beyond.
I call this new mission “KOHx2: Bringing It Together.”
I challenged the staff to collect pictures and stories that would illustrate this mission, and to share them with me so I could post them on my blog. A few days ago I got this email from Senior Associate Pastor Lynn Turner:
I don’t know if you can use this or not in your blog, but felt compelled to write it just as a reflection from my heart this past week. It has caused me to think about this partnership thing in a totally different light.
What Lynn wrote came out of her regular work at church, which reminded me that church work at its best IS the work of the Kingdom, and sometimes church people step up and help out in ways that truly bring heaven to earth.
Take a look at what Lynn wrote:
Reflections on KOHx2: Partnership and Generosity
It began with phone calls this past week of various needs within our church family: One family, out of full time work, medical needs, and needing some help catching up on bills; Another family, having faced extraordinary medical circumstances, still in the hospital, and their heating system out in their home with no funds at this time to get it fixed: Another family moving into an apartment with need of furniture and the basics to get them on their feet; all members of our congregation and all legitimate needs.
And thus the partnership and generosity wheels began turning…
An anonymous gift to help with current bills, a heating company stepping in to donate a used system and time to install, and an envelope of money given to me by a church member this past week with the words, “Sometimes ministers just need some discretionary funds to help folks out, use this as the needs arise.”
I have been overwhelmed this week with the way God has revealed to me that bringing the kingdom comes with partners….all kinds of partners…with a spirit of generosity that just points to Jesus.
KOHx2 has been hard at work this week. Blessings abound!