Who are the compassion entrepreneurs that need to be brought into a working relationship with your church? Who are the people with a heart for God that can do great things but may not start off qualifying to be church deacons?
We need mature, safe and trustworthy leaders in the church. We also need to take a risk with those at the fringe with fire in their belly. Imagine the risk that Ananias took in going to pray for Saul of Tarsus to be healed. Imagine the risk that Barnabas took in bringing the newly converted ex-terrorist Paul to meet the apostles at Jerusalem.
Trusting God sometimes frees us to take risks with people. Some of our most effective community ministries have come from equipping people that were not yet members, did not share all of our doctrinal positions and may have had some regrettable history.
(You can watch the full message athttp://wearegateway.ca/sermon/community-what-weve-learned-part-2/ )