Good News in Your Neighborhood

Brad M. Griffin | Apr 30, 2012

Where you live is no accident to Jesus.

And where you live is the starting point for you to bringand begood news.

[caption id=“attachment_13497” align=“alignright” width=“300” caption=“A prayer altar in my neighborhood set up by teenagers grieving a friend's death.”]Prayer Altar[/caption]

This came even more alive for me recently when a local shooting stirred up a lot of questions about race, safety, and Gods presence in the midst of the death of a young man. Teenagers in the community gathered to pray and left this altar as a memorial of their friend, but also a testimony to their deep need to know and be touched by good news.

Recently our friends Adam McLane and Jon Huckins (a current Fuller student) released a 6-week downloadable student curriculum called Good News in the Neighborhood (video). From the introduction:

As humans every one of us is made in the image of God. We are hard-wired to love Good News. Good News is addictive to our soul. We cant get enough Good News. All humans are searching for Good News in an instinctual way we cant explain. And when Good News happens in our presence or when we partner with a neighbor to bring Good News to someone else, something in our soul deeply resonates with that

In a post-Christian society, the best way to grow our ministry is to connect with the innate part of a persons soul that defies logics last stand. Good News supersedes all. Its the Gospels secret weapon. And it spreads like wild fire.

What I love about the emphasis of this curriculum is that it emphasizes the expansiveness of the kingdom of God while also opening kids eyes to the ways that kingdom is expanding in the very streets and hearts around them. Overlapping with some of the goals of our Deep Justice work, Good News in the Neighborhood inspires students to seek the shalomthe wholeness, the flourishingof all people, not just those who show up at their church.

What are some of the ways you are stirring up kids to be good news in their neighborhoods?

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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