Tonight during the evening session, church planters Stefan and Andrea Lignott shared their journey of establishing Christian Associates Germany and their desire to see holistic, incarnational community grow throughout Europe.
There are two powerful videos that they showed and I’d like to share with you.
The first is Every life has a story:
Every life has a story…if you bother to read it. I LOVE this!! To find a space in life unique to anything else. A time of intentional grace and storytelling. This has become essential to me and I urge you to explore the possibility of engaging in this type of community.
Stefan shared that during their first years of planting a church, they witnessed community forming right in front of them (literally, just across the street from their apartment). They were focused on building a house church and at the same time a group was gathering just outside. It was a good reminder of how missional practices of going out into your city, your neighborhood are needed to build lasting community. Not doing this is missing an obvious opportunity for service and growth.
Andrea challenged us to attract large groups of people and focus on discipling smaller groups. Jesus spent 3 years with a group of only 12.
The second video is a short film that I urge you to watch in its entireity. You won’t be disappointed.
The Butterfly Circus shares a story at the height of the Great Depression, the showman of a renowned circus leads his troupe through the devastated American landscape, lifting the spirits of audiences along the way. During their travels they discover a man without limbs at a carnival sideshow. However, after an intriguing encounter with the showman he becomes driven to hope against everything he has ever believed.
You can watch the video HERE.
My favorite quotes from the movie:
“Find your true dignity.”
“The greater the trial, the more glorious the victory.”
“Do little things with great love.”
“The Butterfly Circus has no sideshow.”