By Paul Wilkinson Remember that part of hospitality is outreach: we develop welcoming communities to receive lost and searching visitors, and we, as a group, reach out to those lost and searching in need. Leverage your Christmas functions and ideas as times to invite people to experience your group. Imagine yourself as an unbeliever invited to a Bible study and then as an unbeliever invited to a Christmas party. Surely some of us would choose the latter over the former! … Continue reading
By Paul Wilkinson Follow this link for a great article about hospitality and ethics. As you read it, meditate on the types of communities that you are forming in your LIFE Group: Are they welcoming and inviting to the stranger, foreigner, widow, poor, etc.? Are you partnering with the Spirit to create communities that promote outreach and evangelism?
By Paul Wilkinson Michael C. Mack challenges general understandings of hospitality as mere caregiver, instead arguing for a radical outreach paradigm in search of strangers to love through our caregiving. So, not only will increased hospitality in your groups, generally understood, provide a place for visitors to stick due to warmness, invitation, and geniality, but teaching Mack’s model of biblically informed hospitality can empower and compel your group members to seek the lost and searching in their sphere of influence. … Continue reading