Last year, Potomac started a new initiative called Cultivate, which challenges members of each church and school to break beyond their walls and create a unique community presence. Cultivate is not an event. It’s an ongoing cycle of evangelism. It’s about living life with others who don’t know about Jesus and, in our kindness, companionship and acts of love, earning opportunities to share the Message. Cultivate has three foundational purposes and goals:
- Starting new churches. A church is a group of people who bring healing and the Good News to a community – a safe place for people to find hope in Him. There are 35 target areas we need to plant a redemptional presence in, making positive differences that allow for opportunities to share Jesus.
- Creating a platform for young professionals to be nurtured, inspired and activated into mission. INSPIRE is an experience where Millennials can wrestle with God, find strength and inspiration and be equipped to move into mission using their creativity and insight.
- Producing conference-wide evangelistic experiences and reaping events in 2017. The desire is have believers, of all ages and backgrounds, working together to make the Potomac Conference a unified family working toward the common goal of winning souls. In 2017, we hope to reap our unified efforts and have a record breaking year in attendance and baptisms in our churches and schools.
Cultivate is more than holding evangelism series in buildings – it’s about being church. We “are church” by connecting to God, praying for a specific person each day, reaching out in compassion and love to those we come in contact with and planting seeds by kindly serving our communities. Each day, we are a moving center of influence which God can offer His gift of Life through. Paul said, “I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power… that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ…” (Eph 3:7-8).
Cultivate looks different to everyone and the needs of each community are unique. We need to support one another’s vision for evangelism and sharing Jesus through comradery, encouragement and by giving. I invite you to join me in donating $10 a month to Cultivate by going to pcsda.org/cultivate or writing “Cultivate” on the evangelism line on a tithe envelop. Imagine what we can do together!