Sending Out Our Own
This Sunday, we will honor and pray over 15 families who are moving to new cities, states and countries this summer.
At Centerpoint, our desire is to be a “sending” church - intentionally training and sending leaders to begin new works at home and abroad. However, we also have many in our church that will be dispersed for other reasons, a reality in a city like Charleston. We are a city full of young professionals who may move to further their careers in another city. We are also a city full college students who graduate and medical students who are "matched" to a residency states away. And as a city with a military base, we see countless more who serve in Charleston for a few years before being reassigned, sometimes to a different country.
Our posture toward this can be one of sadness or one of blessing. We could lament the loss of faithful members who give their lives to our church, who bring talents, time and resources that we rely on. We could lament the loss of their presence in our community groups, missing the meals we share and the laughter of their children that fills our homes. We could lament that we will no longer see our friends every week - people we have laughed and cried with in biblical community.
While it is normal to be sad about friends moving, we have the opportunity to see their departure as a blessing. In Matthew 28:19-20, a passage many of us are likely familiar with, Christ calls us to "go and make disciples of all nations." We are often accustomed to equating this passage to a calling to international missions or the work of church planting in another city. But the call to "go" applies to us all, and so we must see the departure of our friends as God "sending" them out to make disciples as doctors, teachers, servicepeople, grad students or businessmen. We want to be just as intentional in sending these people out, so that those whom have grown and matured among us can be a blessing to the places the Lord sends them.
My community group has already experienced this, as four members of our group (and two children) are moving to two different states and another country over the summer. While we will miss them, our group wants to encourage them as they depart, pray over them as they go, and support them once they have moved.
To that end, please join us in praying for those who will be sent out to new mission fields this summer.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19-20