6P: The Practice of Place

THE PRACTICE OF PLACE:

We commit ourselves to loving where we live and seeking the good of our neighbors and our neighborhood.

THE SIX PRACTICES OF WHOLE-HEARTED DISCIPLESHIP

Following Jesus is more than just an idea. Jesus invites us to live life in his way, a life animated by love for God and love for our neighbors that takes on concrete habits in our everyday life. These six practices form a community rule of life for our church. A rule of life is a set of values or practices that give shape to our life following Jesus. They aren’t “rules,” but a pattern, a template, for what following Jesus looks like. 

NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH

“The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.”
John 1:14

Wingfoot Church is a neighborhood-focused church. We are committed to loving our neighbors and our neighborhood in the way of Jesus by being with our neighbors as God is with us in Jesus. In an increasingly disembodied world where church is online along with the rest of our lives, the best way we can invite people into the family of Jesus is through real, flesh-and-blood relationships.

PRACTICE GUIDES

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A FLESH & BLOOD CHURCH

Being a neighborhood church means being WITH our neighbors like God is WITH us in Jesus.

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A DEEPLY CONNECTED CHURCH

Being a neighborhood church means being DEEPLY FORMED by the love of Jesus through a rule of life.

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A COLLABORATING CHURCH

Being a neighborhood church means CONTRIBUTING & COLLABORATING not COMPARING & CRITICIZNG.

HOUSE-TO-HOUSE

Sharing the Gospel with Our Neighbors & Friends

 

40 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE

Take the 40 Day Prayer Challenge from Ash Wednesday to Resurrection Sunday asking God to move in the lives of your neighbors and friends.

LIFE SHARED PRACTICE

Join with a house church community to walk through Life Shared, a three-week exploration of sharing the gospel in our world today.

BLESS1 CHALLENGE

The Bless1 Challenge is an invitation to step into God’s mission by BLESS-ing one family this year and joining us as we personally invite each of the 10,000 homes in Goodyear Heights to join God’s family over the next 3 years.

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FAMILY

This year we are asking God to lead us to one person or one family to B.L.E.S.S. and invite into the family of Jesus. Pick up a Bless1 Card to join the challenge.

10,000

HOMES

We want to invite each of the 10,000 homes in Goodyear Heights into the family of Jesus over the next 3 years.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

Theirs Is The Kingdom: Celebrating the Gospel in Urban America

by Robert Lupton

The Art of Neighboring

by Jay Pathak & Dave Runyon

Making Neighborhoods Whole

by Wayne Gordon & John M. Perkins

The Together Podcast

Join Jess Swiger, Bryson Davis, James Talbert & Jon Ashley each month exploring what God Dreams and community development in the way of Jesus look like across the city of Akron in local, contextualized ways.

YOU WERE CREATED FOR COMMUNITY.

You weren’t meant to live life alone. That’s why at Wingfoot we believe the most important time you spend during your week isn’t an hour on Sunday but what happens every other day of the week as you live life with others.

JOIN A HOUSE CHURCH

The best way to work through these guides is in the context of community. House churches around the neighborhood will be discussing and practicing these things over the next few weeks. Find a community to join by here.