gaining by loosingRecently, several small groups in our church got involved with a struggling local school. Over an entire summer they renovated teachers’ lounges, stocked the library, and collected supplies. Their project culminated in a morning breakfast for the teachers the day before school started. At the breakfast, one of the teachers stood up and said, “I’ve always known you Christians said you should love one another, but I’ve never really known what you meant by that until now.”

Several members of that school’s faculty have begun attending our church, and over the past few years I have baptized dozens of teachers. One said, “I wanted to know what made you all tick. And I didn’t understand the half of what I was missing.”

J. D. Greear, Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015).