Over the Fence
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.
OMPC’s Missional strategy is to…
- Seek Grace from God
- Share Grace with Community
- Show Grace to All – overseas, over the mountain, and OVER THE FENCE
“Over the Fence” refers to the places we live, work, and play – where you do life. In order to cultivate Showing Grace to All, this spring we want to take a few steps “over the fence” with our neighbors where we live, work and play. To help us take these steps, we've created this graphic, Over the Fence With Our Neighbors.
What is it? The center box on this graphic represents where a member lives (house), works (computer screen), and plays (bicycle). Our hope is this will help us identify, pursue, and pray for people where we live, work and play.
Who uses it? Each week LIFE! Groups will refer to this graphic, so encourage group members to bring it to each gathering. Other groups within OMPC may choose to utilize this tool also–Adult Discipleship classes, Battle Groups, prayer groups and support groups. And perhaps the best place to begin is with your family, roommates or close friends.
What are the risks? This could come across as mechanical, performance-driven or shame-inducing. So, “Why risk it?” understandably you might ask. Because even though we know we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves, we feel too overwhelmed, awkward and hurried to love our neighbor well.
What are the benefits? Taking baby steps together, surfacing fears and barriers we can pray through, celebrating breakthroughs and praying together for neighbors we are getting to know and love.
What is the overall goal? This is not just an exercise of filling in a chart but rather a tool for us to use that would engage our hearts in a lifestyle of seeing and pursuing those around us where we live, work and play.