In the book, Holy Habits, Andrew Roberts references a church which reconnected with the community in which it was a part. He writes, “To use some big theological words it engaged in incarnational mission. The beginning of John’s Gospel celebrates how God in Jesus got involved at first hand in this world. The Message translation memorably translates John 1:14 as
The word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood….
Again Jesus is our model. He got involved, walked the streets, sat in the market place, and spent time in people’s homes. He got his hands dirty and offered the life-changing touch of holiness. He brought heaven down to earth.”
In many ways ministry is always local – it serves with, and within, a community and seeks not only to meet the needs of, but to empower, local people and communities.