I am grateful for church pot-luck suppers where food seems to open people up to the point where they let their guard down enough to talk. In saying that, for myself, anywhere there is an open doorstreet corners, church parking lots, homes, schools, coffeehouses, prisons, etc.. I am often accused of assuming a level of intimacy with people without warrant…in that I believe people want to share their lives, and are desparately seeking help from above(they don’t always realize it)…<><
Finding a place to have deep conversations
Discipling may not be dependent on having a great place to meet, but it sure does help to have somewhere to hang out and have an undistracted, deep conversation.
Coffee shops like Misha’s in Alexandria offer not only that, but also have communal tables where you can meet complete strangers without feeling awkward.
I’m indebted to blog reader William Wilkie for turning me on to this fantastic web site about building communities that work. It introduced me to this concept called the “third place.” The first place being your home, the second place your workplace, and the third place is where you do community. College towns excel at building third places.
A good example is this place in Richmond, VA that provides “a
free gathering space amid a coffeehouse atmosphere where people can share their ideas.”
Where do you like to spend time discipling? We need to share our ideas.
happened to me this morning – as I was jogging, a neighbor I’ve barely ever talked to came running after me – all he could say was, “God, God…” and then, “I felt the power coming off of you.” He proceeded to pour out his heart to me without any prompting. It proved two things, 1. what you said, Mark, about people desperately seeking help, and 2. we are indeed the aroma of God. people can smell Jesus on us.
We used to have a great coffe shop in town called, “The Noon Moon.” Unfortunately, people went there too much for talking, and not enough for coffee, so it closed down. What I look for is a place that allows me some semblance of privacy, yet still places me in the midst of people. Actually, most coffee shops I’ve been to don’t fulfill this well. Restaurants are too formal for me. Homes are great, I just enjoy getting out of the house. Currently, I take students to “Griffin’s Bakery.” It’s not ideal, but it’s the best in the area, in my opinion.
In the Name Of God the most benificient the most mercifull.
be fearfull of God. The 1. not one in number the absolute 1. the one which cannot be divisable and multiplied. The Exhalted. The Lord of the worlds.
Why do christians call Jesus (ISA) Peace be upoun him one of the 5 chosen Prophets of God,
why do they call him the “son” when God has no sons/daughters/ partners/any siblilngs etc?
Yes, Jesus (Peace be upoun him)could breathe into birds give them life, bring the dead back to life, see through peoples walls of there houses to see what was inside there cupboards, walk on water and yes, the miracouls birth of him Through Mary who remained Chaste throughout, who was scared to reveal she was having a child,
and almighty God advised her not to worry,
she went onto bethlehem, ALONE, had ISA Peace be upoun him,) God then raised water from the ground and dates for her to eat also….therefore…the question remains why do christians follow the incorrect teachings, and go into disbelief…
it gets to me…we are all brothers/sistersm and all you see nowadays is religious differences to suit peoples desires and needs, and it gets me so angry feel like i want to disconnect myself completelty from this Realm…
thanks for reading ..
I normally meet with girls out in nature. Also baking with a girl who loves to bake and through that having discipleship time. Or teaching someone how to cook or going on a hike etc. It doesn’t always have to be sitting down in a specific location :).
I have spent a lot of time at Panera of late. They have great food which is rather inexpensive and free wireless – in between meetings is a great time to check email and jot down notes and such.
And it’s always fun to see familiar faces that work there and the regulars.