It’s a question I’ve been thinking about for the last few months.
At the moment I just have one church. And without any traffic, it takes me a good 40 minutes to get to the church. With any traffic at all, it easily takes me an hour or more. I feel like it’s been severely limiting to my ministry. If someone wants to meet with me, I find myself thinking about what time they want to meet. Is it close to rush hour? Can they meet at a different time to avoid traffic? Of course if there’s an emergency I come no matter the time.
But I can’t lead a small group from my house. It’s too far for people to come.
I can’t invite people over for lunch. People have come. But I’m embarrassed to invite more people, because I know for many it would mean driving an hour. I dream about selling my house and living 5 minutes or less from the church. That way I feel like I could actually be available to the people. And I could get to know the community around the church well. And serve them.
So at the moment, I’m really feeling that for a modern missionary/pastor to be effective, he should live in the community that he serves.
But what about you? What do you think? Is it really important? What have you noticed in your own context?
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