“Show me the child of eight, and I will show you the man,” said Ignatius of Loyola (Spain, 16thc). The image of God set into the soul of a young child remains the rest of their life. (I spend much of my ministry time unraveling people’s poor images of God). What is Lakeland attempting to establish in children? And how shall the rest of the church participate in this critical endeavor?
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’” Economic class is more important than the color of one’s skin or place of origin. America was founded on the dream of equality of all persons. The founders, reacting to the classism of Europe, sought to create “a new constellation” of free people who have equal opportunity to flourish. The church was central to this ideal. What is the state of the soul of our nation, community, and church? I give my take on our church’s work with regard to race and class.
Engaging the saving grace of Jesus.
Vision Statement: “to build a community of authentic followers of Jesus Christ”
It is time to “put our hand to the plow” and rekindle our hearts for those outside the church. Lakeland has always been about others. We are just one beggar telling another beggar where the bread is. What does it take to invest, engage, and invite others into Lakeland’s faith community?