It’s so important for God’s people to be paying attention to what God is doing out in the world.  In the next few posts, I’ll explain how we can discover how God is at work ahead of us by means of something I call Vocational Connection Groups. 

But before we dig into exactly how Vocational Connection Groups work, I want to ask some preliminary questions.

 

1. Can we discover what people in our neighborhood actually need or are wrestling with? 

Quite often, churches tend to think they know just what people need. 

  • They need a solution to the homeless problem. 
  • They need financial guidance. 
  • They need better schools. 
  • They need a relationship with God.

These may all be true, but there may be a whole lot more than is initially evident.  Perhaps there’s a need to deal with alcoholism, but it’s hard to see that if everyone is putting on a perfect smile.  Perhaps there’s a need to help parents love their kids well, which can be very difficult to see without someone opening up about it.  Can the church discover, not only the felt needs, but the deep down needs that are harder to see?

 

2. ​Can we discover what God is up to in our neighborhood? 

We know God is up to something—he always is!  But what?  And how can we discover what it is that God is up to?  Is there some practical way for the church to discover God’s activity in the world?

 

3. ​Can we discover how God wants to work through our church based on our own gifts, passions, and calling?

Every church is unique because the people in each church are unique.  So, how does God want to use the unique abilities, resources, and networks that we have in our particular church?  Can we discover the unique way in which God wants to work through us as this particular congregation?

​Ok, here’s my answer to these three questions is:  Yes, yes, and yes!

​Vocational Connection Groups can help your church discover your neighborhood’s actual needs, help you become aware of what God is up to in your neighborhood, and clarify how God wants to work through your congregation’s unique gifts, resources, and callings.

 

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Markus Watson

Markus Watson is a Director | Storyteller with Flourish San Diego. Growing up, Markus’ dream was to make it as a big-time movie director.He interned with a production company in Hollywood, and started working as a production assistant in Hollywood right after college…for a year. He brought his love for stories to Fuller Theological Seminary. There he was equipped to teach God’s big story, animating his congregations from Kentucky to San Diego, to live for the life of the world. Markus also completed a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on Missional Leadership also from Fuller. Markus loves Star Wars (the original three, that is) and surfing (but says he doesn’t get out in the water nearly enough).

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