Scott and Karen waded around the corner toward St. Paul’s, where they have served for 11 years. “As we walked up the steps, I was prepared for the worst,” Bostwick says, “but as we got to the door, you could see the high water mark was actually…underneath the door. We were literally the only dry spot in down.” It was a miracle.
They turned to social media to let people know the church was dry. At first the response was slow—after all, no one in the town had power. Then someone a 45-minute drive south noticed and offered to donate a generator. Another person further south offered to drive it up. “Next thing you know,” Bostwick says, “we were the only spot that had lights and hot coffee and cell phone charging.” They posted the news on Facebook and put a poster board sign out in front of the church: “Hot coffee, water, charging station. All welcome.”
Photo Courtesy St Paul UMC
Capitalism, Renewing Culture, and a New Kind of Man: Thom Wolf’s Universal Disciple
While the Universal Disciple Pattern helps people study the common apostolic approach to discussing the New Life in Christ as it is revealed in the letters of the New Testament, the pattern has broader social implications.
It turns out that the teaching laid out in the Universal Disciple Pattern in the New Testament is the foundation of what some sociologists and economists call “progress prone cultures”. To the degree that individuals in cultures broadly reflect these patterns, the more likely the people/nation/culture is likely to climb out of dependence and poverty. The Gospel is indeed transforming on many levels.
Pondering Orality, Creeds, and Disciple Making Again |Disciple Making in the Historic Church:
Some more reflections on the creeds as they relate to the missionary phenomenon of orality, disciple making and orality, and the promises of the New Covenant. Some suggestions for movements and churches regaining the vision for disciplemaking.
Roland Allen in some ways turned the thinking of the missionary world on its head. He paved the way out of the colonialist model of missions and his work anticipated “Theological Education by Extension” and “Church Planting Movements.
It’s worth rereading this old classic, often available freely online.
Revisiting Roland Allen’s “Spontaneous Expansion of the Church”