This is the team blog of EFCA Samaritan Way. In short, we are part of the Evangelical Free Church of America denomination that exists to make our mission statement, “Multiplying Healthy Churches Among All People” a true statement, especially those last two words: all people. That’s pretty ambitious, we know. And here’s the part we focus on – reversing divisions. The things that divide people are numerous, but there are some usual suspects now that we’re in the 21st century: race, class, gender, sexuality, and generation. Here’s the way we work at reversing division – we create opportunities for learning about “the other” with whomever wants to learn. We want to walk with you on the journey of reconciliation and we want to help you go the distance.
If you’re looking to add diversity to your church staff; trying to navigate difficult conversation about immigration at your church; trying to minister to the homeless or gay community; we can walk with you. We can help teach a biblical foundation for getting your entire church to understand reconciliation, justice and compassion as central to the gospel message of Jesus Christ. We can do a workshop or a Samaritan Way weekend to coach your leaders, EFCA church or not. But at the very least, we’re trying to walk this out ourselves in the brave new blogosphere.
We already have a website, a Facebook page, Twitter….why a blog? Because reconciliation doesn’t fit in 140 characters and doesn’t work well on a static web page – it happens in real-time. We invite you to join the conversation!