-Rev. Melissa Fain-
There are certain truths about Fig Tree Christian as we work through our process:
There are two required aspects to mission and evangelism:
First: We must know the community we are engaging, and how God is already present. I've said this before, and I'll say it a million more times. Evangelism over the past three decades have been putting out a really nice welcome mat, the people choosing the welcome mat they want to cross. That's not evangelism. When we are ready, we will go out, not invite people in. BUT....
Second: We must know what we are inviting people into. These weeks where we introduce one aspect of worship, or learn about something specific about church are not for nothing. We are not a traditional plant. We are different. Because we are so radically different, we need to solidly define that before we go out into the community.
Also, I can't believe how many have figured out what we are without coming to a live event or reading any of our content. "No," has become a healthy word for our group. There are those so quick to shuffle us into the classic church plant. All one has to do is read the points above and realize we are anything but "classic." Therefore, I need warriors ready to defend this. The easiest way to do that? Invite! Have them go to a livecast, either in person or online. Have them see what we are and how radically different it is.