Anyone who knows me well will affirm that I am neither an evangelist nor a missionary. I'm just not wired that way and you may not be either. So, if we are serious about our faith, how can we incorporate the mission of Shelter Rock Church, "To lead as many people as possible into a joyful and growing relationship with Jesus Christ", into our everyday lives? After visiting folks who are involved in full time “work” overseas, I know that it can be as simple as walking alongside those who do have those gifts. Providing an outlet for them to speak their honest frustrations, to commiserate with them, encourage and affirm them, pray for them, keep their confidences, and remind them that they are not alone in their journey. Sometimes fulfilling that mission is as simple as being a friend.
In the last few months we’ve started a new Sunday morning youth class at the Westbury campus. Everyone who attends is anywhere from 7th to 12th grade which is great, because we have a range of different kinds of experiences that these junior and senior highers are facing today. Recently, we’ve been talking about the importance of understanding other religions. We’ve established that not all their peers are necessarily Christians. Middle and high school are definitely places where faith related discussions can become a touchy topic, so we want to ensure that we are equipping the students with knowledge and wisdom that will help them in these discussions. It also helps them become even more grateful for having Jesus in their lives. It's awesome watching SRC's students learn new things not only about Christianity, but other religions as well so they can more easily relate to others when the topic of faith arises with their non-Christian friends.