Ministry in the “Third Space”

Show Notes

In last week’s episode,  Would Jesus Waste His Time on Facebook? I mentioned how Jesus deliberately sought out people who needed him, like Zaccheus, the woman at the well and Blind Bartimaeus.

The followers of Jesus are called to do the same – seek out the lost.

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WHAT IS THIRD SPACE MINISTRY?

Third Space missions focuses on turning strangers into neighbors. Third Space missionaries join gyms, frequent coffee shops, join clubs or walk in the same parks and meet new people. They are open to others and seek to build relationships them. “ (White)

HOW IT IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FORMS OF EVANGELISM

  1. Not try to get the lost to come to church but on “the church going to the lost”.
  2. Not use large events to draw people but focus on one-to-one relationships.
  3. Not treat people like projects like friendship evangelism can (I know from personal experience.).
  4. Not focus on numbers. ”They make commitments to people, they don’t try and get commitments from people.” (White)
  5. Not require special training or gifting so anyone can do it. It does require love, accepting people as they are,  authenticity and faith in God to work in and through the relationships.

ONE CONCERN

The danger of distinguishing this space from two other spaces where we spend time,  domestic (home and family) and civic (work and school), is that some people may focus only on the third space and ignore their responsibility to live Christ-like lives at all times and in all places.

A THIRD SPACE CHURCH

Read about a “cafe church” on Brick Lane, in the heart of East London (https://www.cmalliance.org/alife/third-space-grace/).

Most find it refreshing that this place exists to give back to the community and engage social causes while creating a unique space for people to discuss real life and spirituality…Ultimately, our mission is to ‘make disciples’ and see life brought into its fullness through Jesus Christ.”

People should be pleasantly surprised more often by the church.

Rather than fear, guilt, or shame, let’s inspire people with hope, beauty and courage. Let’s fascinate, not force, people toward the gospel.” Eugene Cho, Overrated (Colorado Springs, CO: David C Cook, 2014) , p.227

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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