Very rough notes from a vision team I am participating on to research possible partnerships in Europe for my church.
church service in the am - church svc with a flemish comm. profound to worship with a community in an unreached city. makes church in the us look dead
STC Brussels - kick off day
Marolles neighborhood - poorer and more marginalized
the Palace of Justice over looks this neighborhood
clean up day - meant to clean but also to have a presence
"We weren't just picking up trash, we were ______"
Carlton and Shannon Deal
[who I met in 2007]
1 - faith - believe
2 - community - belong
3 - mission - purpose
mission first - STC
all expressions of The Well - once a month
different expressions - other three times
trio of leaders - equipping normal people - church in the neighborhoods
worship expressions - 3 per week
practice expressions - 9
like to meet in public space - 15-40 people
we have no back row
what is god's mission of this city? we should align with that.
lots of friendship needs - 25% muslim, 10% growth in 8 years, 2030 - first EU city to be majority Muslim
higher percentage of Christians than other cities - 10% - due to migration, African, Brasilian, etc Christians
gather and scatter
40% of population leaves every year - see this as growing and sending them
STC has partnerships with Intl Bacc schools for service requirements
Very uncommon for Belgians to talk about faith in public.
Belgian kids have off of school every Wed aft.
Some pictures here.