Camping’s Commission mandate

Our Great Commission mandate does raise some interesting questions with respect to our sub-cultures:

  1. Make sure you hit the target with your message.

    Are we involved in sub-cultures that allow us to pursue the “share the gospel” part of the Great Commission?  Do we have interests and friends outside of our church circles and are we pro-active about meeting our responsibility to share the importance of an allegiance to the Kingdom with them in natural and constructive ways? 

  2. Following on from that, do we appropriately incorporate the language, passions and ideology of the sub-cultures we mix with in our proclamation of the gospel and training in the Way?

The camping ministry is a melting pot of sub-cultures from all walks of society.  In the course of each week we can host groups from vastly divergent sub-cultures (and world view) and also within each group that comes to us there are numerous different sub-cultures evident.

If camping is to capably exercise its roles of hospitality, preaching, teaching and building into the lives of our guests we, the staff, have to be aware of the sub-cultures of those who come to us.   We can have a greater impact if some of our style and strategy is to make the message and the lifestyle of the Kingdom plain to our guests in their own setting, using their language (within reason) and by drawing analogies and object lessons from their own areas of interest.

It’s probably why I think it’s important for us Christians to be appraised of modern cultural personalities (like Lady Gaga) and the influence their message and cadence has on those who deserve our best efforts in obedience to the Great Commission. 

In doing so we follow in illustrious footsteps:

I have, in short, been all things to all sorts of men that by every possible means I might win some to God. I do all this for the sake of the Gospel; I want to play my part in it properly.  Paul the Apostle.  1 Corinthians 9:22

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