Conspiracy in North America
What if our Adventist churches across North America began a conspiracy?
What if we decided in harmony with all the other churches across Bermuda, Canada, the United States, and the islands of Guam and Micronesia that we are going to love our cities as Jesus did?
What would happen if we ventured outside the walls of our churches, asked people about their needs, and did something transformational for individuals and communities?
What if our local churches conspired together to respond to disasters in the community (fires, earthquakes, storms, tornadoes); to feed those who are hungry; to clothe those who are underclothed; to mentor children after school; to minister to prisoners and their families; and to visit and pray regularly for those in the community who are sick?
What if we helped others within our walls too? Local churches could offer free marital counseling for married couples and free premarital counseling for engaged couples; free parenting classes; donate space, free of charge, for community events and celebrations that are consistent with Adventist faith and practice; provide manicures and pedicures for battered women; celebrate Communion with those who are homeless and bring them in when it is cold; lead toy drives during the holidays.
Churches could stand against modern slavery and the abuse of women, children, and seniors (not a silent church); teach free financial management classes; hold free fitness classes; promote and facilitate the adoption of children; and find practical ways to minister to often-neglected immigrant families, including the refugee community.
What if the local church connected with governmental leaders and worked with them to support good causes regardless of their party affiliation; hold a reception for community business owners and pray for their success; cosponsor and organize concerts with popular musicians in some of our beautiful historic buildings rather than having these buildings closed to the public most of the time? We could organize and sponsor celebrations during special days and recognized holidays such as New Year’s Eve/Day, the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and others; or partner with city and other organizations to serve as volunteers in such events as marathons, fairs, and festivals.