Water's Edge Church- Laconia, NH

Equipping All To Surrender Everything to the Kingship of Christ!

A Community of People Surrendering Everything to the Kingship of Christ!

WE Mission

“Equipping All To Surrender Everything to the Kingship of Christ!”

On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
— MLK Jr, Beyond Vietnam Speech-- 4 April 1967, Riverside Church, New York City

What Mission looks like in practice

(taken from Shaun's blog, 2/14)

My cousin delivers oil for a living and has done so ever since he graduated high school...In a recent conversation he said to me, “I really admire those who step out in faith and move somewhere they have never lived before in order to serve the Lord.” He was eluding to our 10-year mission work in NJ we had just moved back to NH from. In response I said,

“Thanks for that compliment. That’s encouraging. But at the same time I think we have a tendency to exalt one form of work above another as if one work has greater spiritual value than another. As an example, we exalt missionaries as doing an eternally significant work, and they do! But what about the garbage man in town? What would happen to our city if our garbage men decided not to collect garbage for a week? Our city would be in a big stink. If they are collecting garbage to serve their neighbors because they believe serving/loving their neighbors is what God would have them do, is that not spiritual work? Does that not glorify God even as the missionaries glorify God?”

This resonated with him, although I did not know how much till later in the week. We got together the next Friday for dinner and he said to me,

“I found myself applying your philosophy of work at work this week. I tried doing my job not for the money but to serve people and it changed my attitude.”

Later the next week we spoke again and he said,

“I was delivering fuel to Gunstock last night. They ordered too much fuel and did not have room for all that I brought so they had to find trucks for me to empty the fuel into. This made my night much longer than it would have been otherwise. Normally I would have been frustrated at them and short. But I was at ease last night. In fact I actually developed a friendship with the guy helping me as we tried to figure out what to do. I felt good about the night.”

Serving Jesus is about surrendering everything to the kingship of Christ- our schools, our businesses, our families and our churches, such that all of these become spiritual activities. As a result there is an oil-delivery man transporting oil all over the Lakes Region right now driven by his love for God and love for neighbor. Money is no longer his engine for movement; Jesus is. The friendships he will make along the way, like the man at Gunstock, could be the very people God is seeking to save; people who would be untouched by the Gospel unless some Christian made it their goal for the day to love God by serving others.- shaun