Have you seen the latest ENS video of Michael Curry, author of Crazy Christians who was installed two days ago as presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church? It’s under four minutes long, and definitely worth the time.
Late in the video, he tells the story of a Mennonite pastor in Raleigh, sent there by his denomination “to organize a church in the community on the streets without walls,” as Curry tells it. “He said the Mennonite community asked him to do this because they believed that in this environment in which we live, the church can no longer wait for its congregation to come to it, the church must go where the congregation is.”
As we illustrate in Radical Sending, our Mennonite brothers and sisters have a long history of being the church, wherever they find themselves. In the church that Radical Sending envisions, congregations equip their members to do just that, to go be the church. As followers of Jesus, we are commissioned to carry God’s good news out into a world that is hope-starved and desperate for love.
Enlisting in the Jesus movement, as Curry calls the church, means being bearers of love and hope. Curry’s conclusion is a challenge to his fellow Christians:
Now is our time to go. To go into the world to share the good news of God and Jesus Christ. To go into the world and help to be agents and instruments of God’s reconciliation. To go into the world, let the world know that there is a God who loves us, a God who will not let us go, and that that love can set us all free.
Go, let the whole world know!