What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, Jesus asked rhetorically. In our sometimes very big ambitions to “make history” we easily overlook our own backyard and neighbourhood. We as individuals might not be able to reach the whole world but we can touch the people all around us. Mission is therefore all about relationships. One of the biggest lies in the church today is that we don’t reach out to the world. But the truth is that every week we’re in touch with thousands of people outside the church just through our personal and natural relationships at work, school and leisure activities. It is through human relationships that the mission of the church is realized.

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