Taking Us Out of Our Comfort Zone
Comfort… it is a thought provoking word. Oftentimes, we find ourselves naturally being pulled towards what is comfortable and familiar to us. This is not always a bad thing. However, comfort can often lead to a stagnant place. Jesus called us to, “Love our neighbours as ourselves.” He called us to feed and clothe the “least of these,” and He called us into community with one another, but He never called us into what is “comfortable.”
As a young adult community group, we realized that we were approaching a place of comfort and almost stagnation. We met every week, talked to the same people, ate the same food, and realized that we were not doing much to reach out to those around us. We all agreed it was time to shake things up a little bit.
And so, REACH emerged! REACH is the new young adult ministry of South Delta Baptist Church. Starting September 12th, we will meet in the Youth Centre of the church every second and fourth Tuesday of the month to sing, worship, learn, and discuss culturally relevant topics together. The ministry is called REACH because we emphasize Reaching Up: growing close to our God and Heavenly Father; Reaching In: to the community of SDBC; and Reaching Out: to the larger church community and communities of Tsawwassen and Ladner. Within this ministry, we are starting up a mentorship program, seeking out opportunities to serve our community and the larger church body, and by moving to a central, larger space, we are hoping to create a more inclusive atmosphere so that more young adults feel they can join our community.
Change is not something that comes easily to every individual. However, when following the Lord, change is something that each Christian needs to navigate. God does not call us to where we always want to go. He calls us out upon the waters; to the great unknown. The great unknown that is totally known to Him.
Please be in prayer for this change for us, and pray for this ministry initiative as we prepare to hold our first REACH gathering!