About five years ago we began to ask the question, “if Southland closed its doors tomorrow, would anyone in the Community miss us? Would people not affiliated with our Church be devastated? Would our absence leave a huge void among the poor and the disenfranchised?”
The answer was, “No.” We realized that we were too internally focused, and we realized that this wasn’t consistent with the call of God for Southland, so we began to change. We began mentoring in the public schools. We started medical clinics. We reached out to teachers. We mobilized people to go door-to-door in impoverished communities to see what we could do to help. In essence, we moved outside the walls. There’s much more to do and the Richmond Road campus will be an additional springboard to launch community service initiatives.
But can I ask you something? Could I enjoin you to personalize the original question we asked of ourselves as a Church?
What if you left? Would you be missed if you left town and moved somewhere else? What would change in our community? What ministry would stop? Who would miss your compassion and love?”
Basically I’m asking this, “What difference does your presence on this planet make on a daily basis?” Let me phrase it another way, “If everyone at Southland were as committed as you are, what would our influence look like? If everyone gave their time, talents and treasures in a way that was commensurate with your commitment, how strong would we be? If everyone served and prayed like you, would the Church be healthy and empowered, or be weak and insipid?
We are each given spiritual gifts to serve others (I Cor. 12:14, Eph. 2:8-10). How are you using your gift(s)?
Friend, it’s really not about what God is doing for you, but what God is doing through you. When you think about going to Richmond Road please think about going to work. Think about going to serve! We are most fully alive when we are loving others and giving ourselves away. That’s why we’re here. That’s what we do. And that’s why we’re launching this new campus!