When God called Eric Wood to start a church in Maine after nearly 20 years in ministry, he determined to devote more time to serving people than preparing for Sunday morning services. The result is Neighbors Church, a “small missionary venture” which launched about a year ago in the greater Portland area.
“We get together Sunday, and then we go spill our lives out in the city throughout the week,” Wood said.
One of Neighbors Church’s main goals is to equip new and maturing Christians for community ministry, whether it’s helping a neighbor or co-worker, feeding the homeless, leading home repair workdays, serving immigrants or connecting with others at the non-profit gym, Recon. And bit by bit, God’s love expressed through the church is changing the city – one person at a time.
“We’re learning to treasure Jesus,” Wood said. “The simple fruit of abiding in Jesus is seen in how I love my brother and sister in the Lord and how I love my neighbor as myself.”