The Power of Kindness
Have you been the victim of an act of kindness?
Maybe someone has shown you some generosity?
In his book, Conspiracy of Kindness, Steve Sjogren, he describes the unusual story of his church in Cincinnati, Ohio — a city that has long been known for its in-your-face unfriendliness! Mark Twain spent a good deal of time in this city on the Ohio River and often commented about how rude people were. When this church was launched, Cincinnati was ranked as the third most unfriendly city in America. After serving about 12 million people over those fifteen years the, tone of the city literally changed and that change had made a permanent impact on the city in innumerable ways. Servant Evangelism connects people to people in a natural, easy, low-risk, high grace way.
Who doesn’t like to be given a cold Coke on a hot day? Especially by someone who is smiling, happy and having fun.
Servant Evangelism wins the heart before it confronts the mind. A small act of kindness nudges a person closer to God, often in a profound way as it bypasses ones mental defenses. The average Christ-follower is willing to hand a stranger a can of cold Coke on a hot day (low risk). The high grace is seen in the typical reaction. “Oh, thank you!” “This is so nice!” “I can’t believe this is for free!” And, “Why are you doing this?”
Kindness builds the bridge for the person to receive a touch of love from God. It’s simple, practical, effective, inexpensive and fun!
This two-day conference, beginning Saturday, July 19th at 10 a.m., and continuing onto Sunday morning, will explore the many ways we can experience Servant Evangelism, and find the opportunities to show the kindness of Christ.
Saturday, July 19
- 9AM - Registration
- 10 AM - Session 1
- Noon - 1pm - Lunch Break (Lunch not provided)
- 1:30 - 3:30 PM - Practical Outreach Training
- 3:30-6 - Break
- 6 PM - 8 PM - Session 2
Sunday, July 20
- 10 AM - Session 3
When & Where
Mid Peninsula Vineyard Christian Church
A Spirit-filled church serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1984