While at our denomination's general assembly, I sat down with a friend to discuss what neighboring and hospitality looks like at his church. Brian Ferry is on the pastoral staff at New City Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. It's a church that loves their community. Every summer they rent out a local amusement park and invite everyone they can for a summer party. New City is one church that helped inspire this summer's reading series.
This summer Iron Works Church is reading ‘The Art of Neighboring’ together. It is so easy to say, ‘I love my neighbor,’ but in truth we really mean that we love those who look, talk, and act like us. One of the hardest challenges we face is to love those who live right next door to us. As we read this book together, I am going to be interviewing various friends, pastors, and practitioners whom we can learn a lot from and then putting those interviews up on our podcast.
For our inaugural episode, I sat down with Pastor Tom Hudzina of Liberti Church Newtown Square. He’s a friend, a neighbor, and a fellow West Chester resident. Check it out.
This past Sunday we welcomed Rev. Darin Pesnell from Iron Works Church Phoenixville. Pastor Darin is currently on sabbatical from his pastoral duties in Phoenixville, where he is spending time learning and focusing on prayer. But he joined us on Sunday to share some things he is learning, and one resource he referred to in his sermon was Rev. John Smed's Journey in Prayer.