J. Gordon Duncan

Culture, Business, Fitness, Etc.

Welcome to My Nightmare

insomniaWhat keeps you up at night?  What gives you nightmares?  The answer to that question in your community is precisely the place where the church needs to be.

Sovereign King Church recently began walking through larger vision plans in our community because we have been looking at new facilities.  Our space now sits off of a service road without any direct community around it, so we have always done mission answering that question in the broader context of Garner.

But as we consider new facilities, we have to consider the needs of the area in which the new building will reside.  That community’s needs become our church’s missional focus.

According to demographic data that we paid for about 5 years ago, the top 2 needs in the town of Garner have been “quality education for our children” and “elderly parent care.”

Sovereign King has been able to address the schooling issue by mentoring at risk students while addressing elderly parent care has been more difficult to address beyond visiting retirement homes.  I can see both of those issues having a huge weight in our community, but I wonder if they are still the top 2.

Any Gospel believing, Christ proclaiming church should be about taking the Kingdom of God to the hurting places in their community.  If we don’t, the church runs the risk of just hanging a shingle out that says, “Good preaching here (if you have it)” and hoping that people walking in the door.  But that model seems to lack the “going” of the Great Commission, “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, 20 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

So, the big question is, “What keeps your community up at night?”  More specifically, “What keeps the citizens of Garner and the surrounding areas up at night?”  Once we know those questions, we can ask, “What can the church do about it?”

I would love to hear your specific community’s concerns as well as any church’s response to those concerns.  Thanks ahead of time.


August 26, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I’ve recently started doing some volunteer work with Hospice (Liberty) and they cover 2 different assisted living homes in Garner. I’d be curious to see if there is any other interest inside the church/CE group crowd surrounding elderly and end of life care.

    Comment by christyleeknutson | August 26, 2009 | Reply

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