In a post-church world, the Christian church finds itself as a cultural outsider. In this context, many Christian congregations become “islands” in their communities with little connection to the people who live around the church building. Alan Roxburgh observes, “The Christian church is now a small, insignificant sideshow in Canada. The churches in this postmodern country face a profound crisis of identity.” (Alan J. Roxburgh, Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood, Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2011, p. 94-95)
How do we go about re-establishing ourselves in the community … of building relationships with our neighbours who perceive the Christian church to be irrelevant?
Dino Rizzo proposes that we address this challenge with a revolution. “This revolution has a clear mission to answer the cries of the poor, the hurting, and the forgotten and it is made up of revolutionaries willing to lay down their lives to reach out to people in their cities, in their nations, and throughout the world. This is a revolution aimed at initiating change, but not by overthrowing a government; this change comes by bringing healing to a hurting world and by loving people to Christ.” (Dino Rizzo, Servolution: Starting a Church Revolution Through Serving, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009, pp. 17-18.) Rizzo’s book is dedicated to describing how his congregation, Healing Place Church, is following Jesus’ example of serving others and connecting in meaningful ways with people who live without the knowledge of Christ’s love and the certain hope that He brings. To learn more about this “servolution” and to see how you might become involved in it, visit: http://www.servolution.org/.
How are you bringing healing to a hurting world and loving people to Christ through acts of service? We welcome your “servolution” stories.