How do you see your local Church? Bill Hybels in his book “Courageous Leadership” writes: “There is nothing like the local church when it’s working right. Its beauty is indescribable. Its power is breath-taking. Its potential is unlimited. It comforts the grieving and heals the broken in the context of community. It builds bridges to seekers and offers truth to the confused. It provides resources for those in need and opens its arms to the forgotten, the downtrodden and disillusioned. It breaks the chains of addictions, frees the oppressed, and offers belonging to the marginalized of this world. Whatever the capacity for human suffering, the church has a greater capacity for healing and wholeness.” Church is a community of disciples and in order to grow we must allow God to do his work. Jesus will draw all manner of people to himself through being lifted up on the Cross. ”And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32). Discipleship is a form of apprenticeship undertaken in community with others. It’s bigger than reading the Bible every day. It’s about getting the Word off the pages and into our own lives, becoming and fulfilling our own potential in Christ. Living in God’s story and finding our part and purpose in it, to offer living proof of a loving God to a watchful world. Thinking about your own church, how would you define its purpose?