The dictionary defines relevant as: “having significant and demonstrable bearing upon the matter at hand.” Talking with Steve Baker (Steve is planting our next church around O’Hare, in Elmhurst, IL) provided some good insight into this term that is used to describe so many different things in culture today.
We were talking about the recent rise in popularity for Jeremy Lin (he plays basketball for the New York Knicks). He is being talked about almost daily on ESPN, he made the front page of USA Today, and basketball fans are caught up in the Lin-frenzy. Steve had an interesting insight: “Lin is relevant because he is being talked about by the public.”
This led to a discussion on the different ways the church he is starting can become talked about or relevant to the city of Elmhurst. We (Ignite) want to start churches that will be relevant parts of the communities in which they are started. Our current churches do many different things to be relevant: starting a Teen Mops ministry (Adventure Christian Church in Bradley, IL), packing backpacks for underprivileged school children (Crossroads Christian Church in Joliet, IL), providing winter coats for children in Northwest Indiana (Suncrest Christian Church in St. John, IN). Each of these churches (and others we have started) are relevant participants in their community.
In my next blog, I will share a recent story of relevance from one of our newest churches. I am looking forward to seeing the church started in Elmhurst. A church that will have “significant and demonstrable bearing” on the community as we bring the love of Jesus lived out.